History of Lettering lettering lettering, typography, alphabets, stonework Thoughts on lettering typography

John Baskerville, typographer and publisher

For reasons unknown I failed to include in the typography poll Baskerville. Tis is strange since I used the face in a book I printed in 1990 under the Beeches Press imprint and shown here. (The initial is Perpetua.) The book was set using Monotype Baskerville and printed on 150gms Somerset Satin waterleaf, neutral pH. The title of the book for those interested is Adventures of Covent Garden by George Farquhar (1677-1707).

But I also want to show you the original Baskerville, from a book printed in 1766. This is genuine Baskerville. I only wish you could smell the paper!

By John Pitt

Artist and Creative

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