I'm searching for information on historic characters sets, that means: which characters were present at a certain time at a printers office - e.g. Hans Lufft in Wittenberg for the bible prints in the 16th century.
Information in this special details (based on a printers available set) would be fine,
but even a more generic table would help, e.g.
When did a versal (capital) U join the character set besides the capital V used for "U"?
I already did some research on this, but couldn't find any information online.
My interest results from a special case:
I'm interested in the Schwabacher which Hans Lufft used for the german bible prints between 1534 and 1545.
As far as I can see he hadn't a capital U ("rounded" form) but used everywhere capital V (as used at that time). On the other hand small u and v are present and used alternatively.
Looking on specimens I have available (e.g. Muzika, Die schöne Schrift) there isn't a capital U but "... T V W ...", but at the same time there seems to be U already in Fraktur.
In later specimens of Schwabacher U is present.
So there should be any information when certain glyphs were introduced into the character set of fonts.
I know an essay listing "The supply of types in the sixteenth century" by "A. F. Johnson", but it does only list the fonts a printer had available and doesn't mention nor show the character sets.
Maybe someone can help me to find out more.
Thanks in advance for every hint.