This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of the 18th Century typographer, printer, industrialist and Enlightenment figure, John Baskerville (1707-75).
Baskerville was a Birmingham inventor, entrepreneur and artist with a worldwide reputation who made Birmingham a city without typographic equal, by changing the course of type design. He not only designed one of the world’s most historically important typefaces, he also experimented with casting and setting type, improved the construction of the printing-press, developed a new kind of paper and refined the quality of printing inks.
Baskerville's typographic experiments put him ahead of his time, had an international impact and did much to enhance the printing and publishing industries of his day. Yet despite his importance, fame and influence many aspects of Baskerville’s work and life remain unexplored and his contribution to the arts, industry, culture and society of the Enlightenment are largely unrecognised.
In the first major exploration of this fascinating man and his life since 1975, Professor Caroline Archer and Dr Malcolm Dick provide an interdisciplinary approach to this important enlightenment figure.