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.
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.
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.
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