> >Can anyone tell me why and how the ligatures "ct" and "st" came about? I've
> >read about all the other ligatures but find nothing of these two.
> These ligatures are very old (CAxton, 1476, Alde Manuce, Garamond, etc. used the
> m). At that time, they was more ligatures (actualy bigrammes and trigrammes) than si
> ngle letters, like in Gutenberg character set, as scribes were used to use them. This
> habit desappears during the XVI0 century. They are what we call "aesthetic" ligatures,
> nothing else.
Interesting. When I was in school, a chemistry teacher who did not
claim to know much about letters as such, suggested that in the
electroplating process, some degree of economy was probably achieved
by plating two letters together wherever possible. Any historical
reality in that idea, Jacques?