John Baskerville’s Bible

Through most of History the King James version of the bible was only allowed to be printed by the king’s printer, printer of University of Cambridge, or printer of University of Oxford. In the year 1758 John Baskerville became the printer for University of Cambridge and in 1763 he printed a King James version of The Holy Bible in his typeface, Baskerville. Baskerville is a transitional typeface with delicate thick and thin contrast. Baskervilles version was printed in his true black ink on fine paper. It is notably one of his greatest works from his career. The pages are adorned with beautiful Baskerville script. Baskervilles meticulous detail and great craftsmanship truly made this one of the most known versions of the bible. However, John Baskerville was not a Christian himself. Baskerville was actually known for being an outspoken atheist, and socially he was very radical. Baskerville was extremely hard working and dedicated to his craft. He spent a lot of time and energy creating a Holy Bible when he himself was not a believer. This piece is a great reason why he is a notable designer. His printing process, craft, type design, dedication and hard work created a beautiful bible that is famous for its design.


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