Jennings, Rev. David: An Introduction to the Knowledge of Medals […] The Second Edition. Birmingham: Printed by Sarah Baskerville; and sold by Joseph Johnson […] 1775 . 8vo. pp. [iv], 59, [iii]. Nineteenth-century quarter calf, rubbed. An introduction to collecting ancient coins, including hints on how to spot forgeries.
John Baskerville’s widow Sarah is known to have printed only two books (the other being an edition of Horace), both re-issues of works previously published by the Baskerville press and printed within a couple of years of Baskerville’s death. However, she successfully maintained the business for a decade, concentrating her energies on type-founding rather than printing before selling her entire stock for 150,000 Francs in 1785, to the French dramatist Beaumarchais who used it to print an edition of Voltaire. John Baskerville consistently flouted convention in his personal life, not least by living with another man’s wife. Sixteen year old Sarah Ruston married one Richard Eaves in 1724 and bore him five children, but he deserted her in 1743 and soon afterwards she found employment as housekeeper at Easy Hill, Baskerville’s Birmingham home. Eaves returned to Birmingham in 1762 and died in 1764. A month later Sarah at last became Mrs Baskerville. ESTC T101014