Base-line hyphen

Mans's picture

Hi all,

At the antiquarian book fare in Stockholm the past weekend, I came across this book in a shelf. The title page caught my attention because of a peculiar hyphen.

The compound "Mynt-Cabinettet" (Coin Cabinet) has the hyphen positioned on the baseline. Has anyone seen something like this before? Is it common? I assume the placement of the hyphen is due to the following C.

I apologise for the poor quality of the picture, taken with my five-year-old Nokia. I did not think to write down the text, because I was sure I would be able to read it in the picture. Anyway, I believe the book is a late 19th century publication, possibly early 20th.

PublishingMojo's picture

The publication date appears to be 1804, according to this source. Of course, that doesn't solve the mystery of the hyphen placement.

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