What is the Baskerville font?
John Baskerville spared no effort to create the ultimate typographic book. He prepared deep black inks and smoothed paper to show to full effect the letters that he had John Handy cut from his own brilliant designs, based on a lifetime of calligraphy and stonecutting. Punches and matrices survive at the Cambridge University Press.
The present design is an accurate recutting, with particular attention to George W. Jones’ revision from the metal of Baskerville’s English (14pt) roman and italic in 1929 for Linotype & Machinery Ltd; Mergenthaler Linotype imported this design to the USA two years later.
Baskerville Font families
The Baskerville includes the following font families:
- Baskerville Std Roman
- Baskerville Std Italic
- Baskerville Std Bold
- Baskerville Std Bold Italic
- Baskerville WGL Roman
- Baskerville WGL Italic
- Baskerville WGL Bold
- Baskerville WGL Bold Italic
Here is a preview of how Baskerville will look. For more previews using your own text as an example, click here.
You're probably thinking - Is Baskerville available to Download for free?
The short answer is no. Baskerville is definitely not available as a free download font. This is a premium font which mean that you will have to pay to download and use it in your project. We showcase fonts on SharedFonts that are almost all premium fonts. Feel free to waste valuable hours of your time searching for a free download of Baskerville, but take it from me, you will not be successful in your quest. Just think how much time and effort you will save if you just pay for Baskerville and be done with it.
It is always best to pay for a premium font rather than trying to find an illegal download. The benefits of paying for Baskerville is that you get the license to use it leagally. If you're using an illegal version of Baskerville and you get caught, you or your client could get into some trouble legally with the publisher of Baskerville.
Also it is highly unlikely that you'll be able to find Baskerville for free. Doing various searches on Google such as "Free Baskerville Download" you will see a lot of websites that will say "Free Download" but these are just attempts to get you to click on a link which will either take you to an ad landing page or you risk getting viruses on your computer. In the rare occasion that you do find a free download for Baskerville remember that it's illegal to use a font if you didn't pay for it!
If you really want Baskerville and you want to truly own it the legal and safe way, then click here to visit the download and purchase page on MyFonts.com. Here you will be able to obtain the proper license. The designer and publisher deserves to be paid for their work, as they have put in the hours and the creativity to produce such an amazing font. Good luck with your purchase and future use of this font. :)