JOHN BASKER VILLE 1706-1775
" o, rather than appear foolish afterward, I renounce seeming clever now."
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askervillle was born in the village of Wolverley, and was a printer in Birmingham. He was an English businessman, but the best remembered as a printer and a typographer. His masterpiece, the Holy Bible of 1763, is regarded by many to be the finest book printed in English.
ohn Baskervilleâ€™s most notable typeface Baskerville represents the peak of transitional typeface and bridges the gap between Old Style and Modern Type design. 3
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he Baskerville typeface is the result of Johnâ€™s intent to improve upon the types of William Caslon. Emigre released a popular revival of this typeface in 1996 called Mrs Eaves, named for Baskervilleâ€™s wife, Sarah Eaves.
e increased the contrast between think and thin strokes, making the serifs sharper and more tapered, and shifted the axis of rounded letters to a more vertical position.
e later died on 8th of January 1775. 4
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