Authenticity and Type

William Berkson has a lovely write-up of his attempt to re-create the Caslon typeface. In it he reveals the actual history of the face now known as Caslon, but not known as such by its creator, William Caslon, who in fact imagined he was re-creating type faces from an earlier period. Along the way he discusses the nature of “authentic” versus “classic” things, which may prove somewhat interesting to folklorists and others who traffic in the past.

P.S. You can purchase Berkson’s rendering at The Font Bureau. (I would buy it myself — and wished for an educational discount to do so — but as reasonable as those prices are, I can’t quite rationalize it given the current economic situation.)

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