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l:ligatures [2018/03/30 02:06] (current)
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 +====== Ligatures ======
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 +Two or more letters joined together, and cast on the same shank, are in a printing office called //​Ligatures//​. ​
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 +The ligatures now used are few in number, having been reduced to <wrap times fontsize-12em>​**æ**</​wrap>,​ <wrap times fontsize-12em>​**ff**</​wrap>,​ <wrap times fontsize-12em>​**ffi**</​wrap>,​ {{:​b:​ffl-ligature.png?​nolink|ffl ligature}}, <wrap times fontsize-12em>​**fi**</​wrap>​ , <wrap times fontsize-12em>​**fl**</​wrap>,​ and <wrap times fontsize-12em>​**œ**</​wrap>​ ; within the last thirty years we had, in addition, {{:​b:​ct-lig.png?​nolink|ct ligature}}, as also {{:​l:​sb-ligature.png?​nolink|sb ligature}}, {{:​l:​sh-ligature.png?​nolink|sh ligature}}, {{:​l:​si-ligature.png?​nolink|si ligature}}, {{:​l:​sk-ligature.png?​nolink|sk ligature}}, {{:​l:​sl-ligature.png?​nolink|sl ligature}}, {{:​l:​ss-ligature.png?​nolink|ss ligature}}, and  {{:​l:​st-ligature.png?​nolink|st ligature}}, which are now discarded, in consequence ​
 +of our confining ourselves entirely to the s. In the leaf of an old book, //De vita & gestis Scanderbegi//,​ now lying before me, there are the following additional ones, — //as, at, cta, et, es, ius, is, ij, iu, ll, ns, ſt, ſs, ſp, ta,// and //us//.
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 +I do not think it was an improvement to change the shape of the {{:​l:​et-lig.png?​nolink|et ligature}}, which, till the alteration, was really a ligature, being e and t joined together; the modern character has no meaning in it, neither the Roman & nor the Italic {{:​l:​et-lig-italic.png?​nolink|et ligature italic}}. ​
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 +Earl Stanhope proposed to abolish the present ligatures, by making the f more upright without being kerned, so as to admit an i, an l, or another f after it, and to introduce other ligatures, or, as he termed them, '​logotypes,'​ that more frequently occur, viz. th, in, an, re, se, to, of, and on. 
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 +Smith, in his Printer'​s Grammar, says that Mr. Caslon introduced the {{:​l:​sb-ligature.png?​nolink|sb ligature}} and the {{:​l:​sk-ligature.png?​nolink|sk ligature}}. — //See// [[b:​bill|Bill]]. [[l:​logotype|Logotype]]. ​
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