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Hi! Long time lurker, first time poster, and now I need your help! This is the title page of "An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding" from 1748 by the Scottish philosopher David Hume, but what font is it?
Based on the E and A, I would say this is a Caslon typeface. It is unlikely, I think to find this exact type in digital form, because each size in metal type was often a slightly different design. There are at least 6 different type sizes on this title page.
The most similar font I have found is LTC Caslon. Unlike many Caslons it has the single-serif C (as does Adobe Caslon Pro).
- Mike Yanega
Thank you Mike, I think you're probably correct! Adobe Caslon Pro was the first one I compared it too, but I decided against it because of the capital A if I recall correctly. However, looking at this Caslon specimen it looks very similar, and it seems Caslon would fit in well at the time and place it was printed.
Cleaned version of the Caslon specimen http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Caslon-schriftmusterblatt_%28clea...