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Baskerville Original

This post is part of a daily series that adds one ornament per day to our blog, up till the new year.

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As far as we know, Baskerville never used ornaments, though as is noted in the introduction to Frantisek Storm’s Baskerville Original, his bookbinder did.

The Ornament Series is produced collaboratively by David Sudweeks and Yves Peters.

Walbaum Ornaments

This post is part of a daily series that adds one ornament per day to our blog, up till the new year.

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Frantisek Storm, in digitizing the work of Justus Erich Walbaum, did so with care to preserve not the original letterforms as drawn, cut, cast, and printed, but rather the intentions of the master behind their creation. In doing so he also brought to life these great bits of ornamentation.

The Ornament Series is produced collaboratively by David Sudweeks and Yves Peters.

Baskerville Original and John Sans

Another ‘made for each other’ pairing is Frantisek Storm’s Baskerville Original and John Sans. Together the two create a nice comfortable marriage, each part encouraging the other’s best qualities to show through. Baskerville Original comes in two optical sizes, marked 10 and 120 pt. The sans comes in eight weights across two widths, normal and condensed.
Baskerville Original, John Sans

Baskerville Original, John Sans

Those of you who know a little about the Baskervilles will recognize that John Sans is a casual play on the neoclassicist type founder and paper man’s name. It almost goes without saying that Baskerville didn’t design a companion sans to any of his works, (nor did he name any of his types ‘Baskerville’), but Storm’s piece of historical fiction takes a few lessons from the sturdy seriffed type, and stands on its own as a humanist sans.

Baskerville Original language support

Should you need it, Baskerville Original’s language support is impressively broad. John Sans’s is as well, though it doesn’t include Greek. An accompanying ornamental face captures some of the fleurons common to the covers of printed works set in Baskerville’s original types.

Baskerville Original, John Sans

Baskerville Original, John Sans

Baskerville Original, John Sans

Catch Great Pairs here on Wednesday.

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