NABOKV-L post 0005973, Mon, 21 May 2001 16:56:42 -0700

ADA: More type-lice
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> I am very puzzled by the type face for numeral "one" in the date
> "i.IX.69", in the later, "corrected" McGraw-Hill printings of _Ada_,
> with the dot over the lower case 'i'. In all other instances for both
> Arabic numerals and Roman ones, incuding for page numbers, a
> small cap "I" is used, as in "I4.XII.69" on page 7 line 29, or on page
> 8 line 9, "I5.I.70". (In this e-mail posting I am constrained to use a
> regular capital "I", since small caps are not available in plain text.)
> A normal, not small, capital "I" is used for the first person pronoun.
> The persistence of this 'i' in later printings and editions
> (including the Library of America one, the Vintage one, and my
> British Weidenfeld and Nicolson edition would seem to preclude a
> simple typo. Puzzlingly, my unnumbered McGraw-Hill (presumably
> first printing) copy has this same"i" at that spot, despite using
> Arabic numerals rather than small cap Roman ones in all other
> instances where we would expect Arabic ones, including page
> numbers and representations for days and years in dates. And
> even the paperback Fawcett Crest edition, with a quite different
> type face, keeps "i.IX.69" while using Arabic where the earlier
> McGraw-Hill had.
> I shall assume that the order day.month.year in Marina's
> journal versus the order month day, year in the body of the text,
> (as at p 6.10 "July 21, 1871" for instance and passim) is significant
> somehow; although the French Livre de Poche edition has typically
> changed those in the body to French style, as "Le 3 janvier 1876"
> but mysteriously replaces our odd "i" by a (large) capital "I" in
> I.IX.69, an arabic numeral "1", as in "14.XII.69". (I have not tried to
> check Cyrillic treadment of this, as I do not have access to a copy.)
> Enlightenment on this persistent contrast of the first numeral of
> that date with all other instances of number one, in all printings
> and various typefaces, solicited!
> John A. Rea