DTP


 
Lively discussions on the graphic arts and publishing — in print or on the web


Go Back   Desktop Publishing Forum > General Discussions > Fonts & Typography

 
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Prev Previous Post   Next Post Next
Old 06-28-2005, 11:08 AM   #1
Eric Ladner
Member
 
Eric Ladner's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Oakland, CA
Posts: 139
Default Baskerville

Wasn't it Baskerville's designs that were thought difficult to read when they were introduced? I can't find the source right now, but that seems familiar. (Or was it his smooth paper that critics disliked?)

I'm reading a large (782 pages) book called _Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell_. The story is set in England between 1806 and 1817, and the text is set in Baskerville. That seems appropriate and allusive enough, but I thought of the old criticism of Baskerville when I realized that the pages seem rather gray to me, and actually slightly tiring to read. I think the leading is slightly more generous than in many books today; it looks nice to me, but probably does contribute to a lighter page color.

A colophon discusses Baskerville's type, its differences from Caslon, and the history of his punches after his death. Unfortunately, it has them acquired by "Beberny" & Peignot. Where are the copyeditors and proofreaders? Strangely, there are no dates to give average readers a clue why Baskerville is appropriate for this book, or why they should care about it.

I have around 650 pages to go, and it wouldn't particularly surprise me to find typefaces playing a part in the story!

--Eric
Eric Ladner is offline   Reply With Quote
 

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 10:25 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Contents copyright 2004–2014 Desktop Publishing Forum and its members.