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Baskerville, Johnlocked

(b Sion Hill, Worcs, Jan 28, 1706; d Birmingham, Jan 8, 1775).
  • Laura Suffield

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English printer and publisher . He developed skills in calligraphy and monumental inscription–cutting apparently without an apprenticeship. Aged 19 he went to Birmingham to teach writing and bookkeeping and also to cut tombstones. Around 1740 he entered into business as a manufacturer of japanned goods, at which he proved highly successful. The proceeds enabled him to purchase a large house outside Birmingham and to start experimenting with type-founding ...

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