English designer Isaac Moore created the font in 1768. Baskerville Old Face™ is based on one developed by the renowned 18th-century typographer John Baskerville. Tell-tale differences, including the characteristic squarish curves in the capital C and G, identify it as the version first issued by the Fry type foundry, established by the Fry family after they succeeded in the chocolate business.
Baskerville Old Face™ is part of the Linotype Library.
Baskerville is a trademark of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, which may be registered in certain jurisdictions, exclusively licensed through Linotype GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG.