Caslon or Baskerville?? Swedish paperback, 1967

victor_a's picture

I really enjoy reading this serif, and I believe it's a Caslon, but unfortunately it does not match any digitized set I have come across. I would be very thankful for any suggestions for what might resemble this.

Sorry for the lousy image; I don't have a proper camera at hand.

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Jan's picture

Open lower-bowl-g: Baskerville.

victor_a's picture

Thanks, Jan. This is one of the things that has me confused. That glyph belongs in Baskerville, but the letters don't have that characteristic wide feeling that comes with Baskerville. I find the round and balanced shape much more reminiscent of Caslon... But then I don't really know this stuff, so I'm thankful for any kind of input.

Jan's picture

Well, it may all depend on which Baskerville you look at:
The characteristic wide feeling you mention may just be that of ITC New Baskerville:

victor_a's picture

Yeah, I've looked at every single Baskerville I could find, but they all feel heavier and more square-ish than this. But now I am more or less convinced that this is indeed a Baskerville, only a cut which is not available today in digital form. Thanks for your help.

If anyone knows a Baskerville with this round feeling, I'd really appreciate a tip.

Jens Kutilek's picture

The lack of kerning, and the «amputated» italic f tell me that it’s probably the Linotype machine version of Baskerville. But the digital Linotype version won’t give you the same feel.

victor_a's picture

That's probably spot on, Jens. I hate kerned fonts, characters getting all intimate with each other! Give me back glyphs with carefully perfected spacing! Give me back that sober amputated italic f!

JanekZ's picture

I checked some metal Baskervilles with nothing similar.
Isn't it a work of Berlingska Stilgjuteriet?

Michel Boyer's picture

Give me back that sober amputated italic f!
It reminds me of this one:

victor_a's picture

Michel: That's a very interesting thread -- thank you! I have actually seen that italic f in several metal Caslons, that I have also been chasing in digital form.

Jens Kutilek's picture

I compared your sample to a 1960s Linotype catalogue. The Baskerville shown in it is close, but not an exact match.

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