Happy Birthday John Baskerville!! He was born in rural Wolverly, England, in 1706. Baskerville is best known for printing and the development of several elegant new fonts. He was the printer for University of Cambridge. Considered a masterpiece, he created a Bible in folio format in 1763, even though he was an atheist. Following his death in 1775, his wife continued to operate the printing press for 2 more years. Some believe that Conan Doyle used his name for the familiar The Hound of the Baskervilles, since they were both living in Birmingham, England.