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BASKERVILLE

G. Peignot et Fils | Linotype Designed and Edited by Bridget Slomian 2017


Mr. Holmes,

footprints they were the

of a

GIGANTIC

HOUND

Dr. Mortimer, The Hound of the Baskervilles


Table of Contents The History ............................................................. 3 Letters ..................................................................... 7 Unique Features .................................................... 10 Numbers ............................................................... 15 Symbols ................................................................. 18 Purchasing ............................................................. 20 Colophon .............................................................. 21 Acknowledgments ................................... Back Cover

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the

HISTORY

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JOHN BASKERVILLE “Having been an early admirer of the beauty of letters, I became insensibly desirous of contributing to the perfection of them. I formed to myself ideas of greater accuracy than had yet appeared, and had endeavoured to produce a set of types according to what I conceived to be their true proportion.”

J

ohn Baskerville, the designer of this typeface, was originally an illiterate man from Birmingham, England. His master, a clergyman, eventually noticed his talent for penmanship and sent him to learn to read and write. With time and patience, Baskerville became an expert type designer and printer. He perfected his own style of production that created high quality, crisp, and dark prints. Baskerville also replaced the wooden platen with a metal one to ensure the finer details of his type were captured in the process. Baskerville is a Transitional

typeface originally developed in 1754 (long before Mr. Sherlock Holmes’ time) with heavy contrast in its letter forms and a crispness that came from its designer’s patience and artistry. Baskerville did not gain much popularity until after its designer had passed, but experienced a resurgence in the early twentieth century after an American typographer, Bruce Rogers, decided to recast an original set of Baskerville matrices. Baskerville works wonderfully for body copy and also for display text. It is truly a classic typeface for the ages.

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ABCDEFGHIJK BCDEFGHIJKA CDEFGHIJKAB DEFGHIJKABC EFGHIJKABCD FGHIJKABCDE GHIJKABCDEF HIJKABCDEFG IJKABCDEFGH JKABCDEFGHI


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Letters


Sherlock Holmes

Bold Italic (41 pt.)

Dr. John Watson

Regular (48 pt.)

Inspector Lestrade

James Moriarty Mycroft Holmes Bold (36 pt.)

SemiBold Italic (45 pt.)

Mrs. Hudson

SemiBold (43 pt.)

Italic (70 pt.)

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Regular & Italic (18 pt.)

abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ SemiBold & SemiBold Italic (17 pt.)

abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ Bold & Bold Italic (17 pt.)

abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ 7


BASKERVILLE AS BODY COPY “Let me see—what are my other shortcomings. I get in the dumps at times, and don’t open my mouth for days on end. You must not think I am sulky when I do that. Just let me alone, and I’ll soon be right. What have you to confess now? It’s just as well for two fellows to know the worst of one another before they begin to live together.”

Regular 10 pt.

“Let me see—what are my other shortcomings. I get in the dumps at times, and don’t open my mouth for days on end. You must not think I am sulky when I do that. Just let me alone, and I’ll soon be right. What have you to confess now? It’s just as well for two fellows to know the Regular worst of one another before they begin to live together.” 12 pt.

“Let me see—what are my other shortcomings. I get in the dumps at times, and don’t open my mouth for days on end. You must not think I am sulky when I do that. Just let me alone, and I’ll soon be right. What have you to confess now? It’s just as well for two fellows to know the worst of one another before they begin to live together.” 8

Regular 14 pt.


BASKERVILLE AS DISPLAY TEXT

Curious Incident The

Dog Nighttime of the

in the

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Eleme my dear Narrow, hound-like eye

Thick, tall stem

Blocky, slightly curved serif

Inquisitive ear

Lacrimal terminal

* This quote was never featured in the Holmes canon, but was popularzied by a theater adaptation. The correct quote is on the opposite page.

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entary, * Watson. Tall x-height

High contrast in line weights

Tall, symmetrical bowl

“Excellent! I cried. “Elementary,” said he. Watson & Holmes, The Crooked Man

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It is cocaine, a seven-per-cent solution. Would you care to try it? Sherlock Holmes, The Sign of the Four Bold (37 pt.)

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! # ? $ % & .,;:_-–+= @/|[]{}() Italic (58 pt.)

xiom of mine that the ely the most important. Sherlock Holmes, A Case of Identity

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Purchasing $35 per weight $188 packaged

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Copyright John Baskerville Monotype GmbH Š 2017

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Colophon MacBook Pro 2016 OS X Yosemite Adobe InDesign CC 2015 A close encounter with 14-yearold Bridget remembering her love for Sherlock Holmes

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Created for GRA 437: Typographic Design Professor Claudia Strong S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications Syracuse University

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