# Is a “real” Baskerville font available for LaTeX?

I really love the font Baskerville. However I could not find a perfect replacment for TeXlive. Even though the pseudo-version like librebaskerville does exist, but it's too thick and doesn't look so beautiful. What I am looking for is like this:

So I was wondering, is it possible to download the "real" Baskerville font and make it usable for LaTeX?

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Theoretically if you switch to XeLaTeX or LuaLaTeX, you can use the actual font, provided that you have it. –  Count Zero Feb 28 '13 at 15:04
There's no such thing as the "real" Baskerville font. There are umpteen version around that call themselves so, and that is simply one of them. –  egreg Feb 28 '13 at 15:12
With Xe(La)TeX you can use OpenType fonts as you wish. In LaTeX, you can use some commercial fonts trough nbaserv or baskervillenova. And there is also the free fonts loaded by baskervald (but I don't know if those are what you want. –  Manuel Feb 28 '13 at 15:41
@Speravir helpful pointer. From the wikipedia page I learned that this is BaskervilleTenPro.otf, which probably means it is this one from Storm Type, for 295 Euro as Brent said. –  mafp Mar 1 '13 at 0:39
@egreg I think Baskerville 1757 is the real Baskerville, as it follows the original design as close as possible. –  mafp Mar 1 '13 at 9:49

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage{lipsum}
\begin{document}
\lipsum[1]
$f(x)=\int_1^\infty \frac1{x^2}\,\mathrm dx=1$
\itshape\lipsum[2]
\end{document}


uses the Kepler fonts for math

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1. I think the quality of the free Baskervald ADF font is very good. See texdoc baskervaldadf for the sample.

2. Of course you can buy a commercial Baskerville and either use it directly with XeTeX/LuaTeX or use with pdfTeX if TeX support is available. For example, I wrote some time ago the pacakge nbaskerv for a popular New Baskerville commercial font.

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The Baskervald ADF looks nice. Anyway, could you please recommend a suitable math font for it? –  KOF Mar 1 '13 at 1:47
Well, you always can use ctan.org/pkg/mathastext for an ad hoc solution. However, I do not know about a dedicated math font for Baskerville. It would be interesting to make one, maybe using GFS Baskerville for Greek. –  Boris Mar 1 '13 at 5:50

Just to add another option, because I haven't seen you refusing, you can use Xe(La)TeX with the font you want. In case of using Mac, Baskerville comes by default.

\usepackage{fontspec}


With some dummy text:

About the math, in my opinion, Computer/Latin Modern looks pretty good with it.

But, as an alternative, you can use MathTime Pro fonts (lite version is free, and can be loaded with \usepackage[lite]{mtpro2}). I don't personally like it, but Michael Spivak seems to like it, as you can see here.

And @Boris said, you can use mathastext package. In the package's showcase you find an example to use it with XeLaTeX.

\usepackage[no-math]{fontspec}
\usepackage[defaultmathsizes,italic]{mathastext}

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Depending on your environment and your needs, you might be able to use Open Baskerville. It is not complete but what's there is really well done. Simon Pascal Klein's webpage goes in to great detail about the history of the typeface as well as the issues involved in this particular revival.

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\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage{fourier}

IMO ADF Baskervald matches better with Fourier.