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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.

I am looking for a "free as in beer" analogue.

specimen of the Caslon typeface

Adobe Caslon Pro ligatures

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Hi! Remember that you can use whatever TrueType or OpenType typeface you want, if you switch to XeLaTeX or LuaLaTeX. If you needed math support, my (non-)qualified guess is that Euler would be a nice choice. However, in general, I'm not sure if font questions like this one really fit into the scope of this site... Maybe graphicdesign.SE would be a better site? (opinions?) –  tohecz Aug 31 '13 at 15:40
    
@tohecz sounds like a (good) meta Q –  Sean Allred Sep 1 '13 at 4:02
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You have the LibreCaslon fonts on CTAN. It existes in opentype and type 1 formats, and there is a package to use them with (pdf)latex, but with no maths support.

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@SergeStroobandt Buy the font, then. There is a reason that good fonts often cost money: doing things like good ligatures is non-trivial. There's nothing to stop you using commercial fonts with TeX. –  Joseph Wright Aug 31 '13 at 19:06
    
@JosephWright Besides, for $169 Adobe allows me to use the typefaces on five desktops, but not to link it on my web page. For that, I would need to pay for another subscription based service of them. At least to me, this does not sound like a good deal... –  Serge Stroobandt Aug 31 '13 at 21:25
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I found another one by searching for the historical predecessor Dutch Fell typefaces.

The free font is called IM FELL French Canon PRO and was made by Igini Marini.

Here is the corresponding fontsquirrel.com page.

The font has 2 types and only 484 glyphs. Nonetheless, it does provide all f-ligatures.

IM FELL French Canon PRO alphabet

IM FELL French Canon PRO specimen

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