Caslon shares the irregularity characteristic of Dutch Baroque types. It is characterized by short ascenders and descenders, bracketed serifs, moderately high contrast, robust texture, and moderate modulation of stroke. The A has a concave hollow at the apex, the G is without a spur. Caslon's italics have a rhythmic calligraphic stroke. Characters A, V, and W have an acute slant. The italic p, Q, v, w, and z all have a suggestion of a swash.
Adobe Caslon Pro is the typeface used for body text in The New Yorker and is one of the two official typefaces of the University of Virginia. Caslon's types were used in many historic documents, including the U.S. Declaration of Independence. For many years a common rule of thumb of printers and typesetters was When in doubt, use Caslon.
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