Language: An Introduction to the Study of Speech by Edward Sapir
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The italic looks close to Haas Caslon or Monotype Caslon — that’s a Caslon-ish p…but that w…you’re right, I haven’t found anyhting like it.
Call up Milton and ask him.
I’m pretty sure this is ATF’s clone of Fry’s Baskerville. The italic is apparently a copy of the italic of the Bell typeface (not called that at the time they did it)-this is discussed in Nicolas Barker’s introduction to Morison’s biography of John Bell. But I’ve yet to see an explanation of why they didn’t just use Moore’s italic-did they think it was too narrow? (ATF also added their usual set of swash capitals, none very idiomatic to the font style, in my view.)
Austin (or his boss?) seems to have been completely obsessed with the italic 'p’-in some sizes a more Baskerville-style 'p’, or one that opens outwards like a modern-face 'h’, in some sizes (the small ones, but not the very smallest) no entrance stroke at all. (Johnston’s biography of Austin has some clearer images of his 20pt italic showing the first two of those, from a 1939 Taylor & Taylor specimen.)