An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume

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Michael Yanega

Hi! Long time lurker, first time poster, and now I need your help! This is the title page of "An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding" from 1748 by the Scottish philosopher David Hume, but what font is it?


Based on the E and A, I would say this is a Caslon typeface. It is unlikely, I think to find this exact type in digital form, because each size in metal type was often a slightly different design. There are at least 6 different type sizes on this title page.

The most similar font I have found is http://LTC Caslon. Unlike many Caslons it has the single-serif C (as does Adobe Caslon Pro).

- Mike Yanega

Thank you Mike, I think you're probably correct! Adobe Caslon Pro was the first one I compared it too, but I decided against it because of the capital A if I recall correctly. However, looking at this Caslon specimen it looks very similar, and it seems Caslon would fit in well at the time and place it was printed.

Thanks again!