Baskerville Old Face is a very readable headline typeface with a classically old-fashioned feel. It is based on the text typefaces created in England in the 18th century by John Baskerville, who was noted for the elegance of the books he published and the crispness of his type. Despite the name, Baskerville Old Face is not actually based on any of John Baskerville’s original designs, but it works quite well as a display complement to text set in Baskerville.
Baskerville Old Face can give an elegant look to headlines and announcements. It is a standalone typeface, with no italic style or bold weight, and It is best used at large sizes.
Also known as Fry’s Baskerville, the typeface was first issued in 1766 by the Fry type foundry, and credited to Isaac Moore, the manager of the Fry foundry. The foundry had been established by the Fry family after they became successful in the chocolate business.