Baskerville

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Credits

Designer(s)
John Baskerville
Foundry(ies)
Bitstream , Linotype
Release Year
1757
Country of Origin
United Kingdom
Classification
Serif, Old Style
Original Format
Metal (Foundry)
Distributor(s)
Linotype
Tags
book face, serif

Background

In 1757 designed by John Baskerville as his reaction to improving the Caslon typeface Baskerville remains metaphoric of the transitional period [between the Old Style and Modern]. He practiced designing typefaces with higher contrast strokes and geometric letterforms which were less influenced by its more humanist cousin Caslon.

Baskerville’s ideologies were an influence to both Didot and Bodoni who lead the way to the modern type period.

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Last edited by Tim Brown on September 7, 2009, 05:29am EST

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