Baskerville

[bas-ker-vil]
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Baskerville

noun
  1. a style of type

Word Origin for Baskerville

C18: named after John Baskerville (1706–1775), English printer
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Word Origin and History for baskerville

Baskerville

typeface style, 1802 (the type was created in the 1750s), named for John Baskerville (1706-1775), British type-founder and printer.

The initial version were cut by John Handy under Baskerville's watchful eye. The result is the epitome of Neoclassicism and eighteenth-century rationalism in type -- a face far more popular in Republican France and the American colonies than in eighteenth-century England, where it was made. [Robert Bringhurst, "The Elements of Typographic Style," 1992]
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