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  1. John,1706–75, English typographer and manufacturer of lacquered ware.
  2. a style of type.
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Examples from the Web for baskerville

Historical Examples

  • But there are also other features of excellence about these books of Baskerville's.

    A Short History of English Printing, 1476-1898

    Henry R. Plomer

  • The text of this book was set on the linotype in Baskerville.

    This Simian World

    Clarence Day

  • Yes, it is a statement of a certain legend which runs in the Baskerville family.

  • And yet, consider that every Baskerville who goes there meets with an evil fate.

  • The book showed that two names had been added after that of Baskerville.

British Dictionary definitions for baskerville


  1. a style of type
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Word Origin

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