John Baskerville was one of the most important English printers
of the 18th century: He became best known for the improvements he
made to typography and the use of special kinds of paper. His editions
of the English language Bible, the »Book of Common Prayer«
and various classics are well known.
Among these was the library’s small edition of Horace, which
was printed in Birmingham in 1777. Its clear and simple typeface
is striking. It is thought to be based on an earlier edition –
John Baskerville had already died in 1775. While his wife, Sarah,
ran the printing works for another two years, only one other book
was published besides the Horace.