TeX - LaTeX Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for users of TeX, LaTeX, ConTeXt, and related typesetting systems. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I very much like the typesetting in Numdam's writeup of Éléments de géométrie algébrique. I find the font particularily pleasing, and the headers are nice as well. I've heard this is how it looked in the original release; I would like to snatch it. Does anyone know the name of the font, or does anyone have a general setup?

share|improve this question
@Eivind You can view the information in Acrobat Reader by accessing the menu File->properties->fonts and see all the Helveticas and Courier! – Yiannis Lazarides Apr 17 '11 at 20:26
@Yiannis: Quite obviously it is neither Helvetica nor Courier (the document is a scan). – Caramdir Apr 17 '11 at 20:28
The text font is Baskerville – egreg Apr 17 '11 at 20:36
@Caramdir ..oops! downloaded it and checked in Reader and that is what I got! But you are right it is a scan, I wonder why the reader is giving me fonts. – Yiannis Lazarides Apr 17 '11 at 21:13
A wider set of techniques for figuring out what font is used are at graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/374/… – Charles Stewart Apr 18 '11 at 10:27
up vote 6 down vote accepted

A Baskerville substitute that is freely available for TeX is Baskervald ADF. \usepackage{baskervald}, but I don't think it looks so much like the Baskerville cut that's in the EGA. See what you think.

Maybe you'll prefer ITC New Baskerville. There is TeX support via \usepackage{nbaskerv} but you'll have to purchase the font itself.

share|improve this answer

A font was specially commissioned to look like the old EGA : the SMF Baskerville font. It is not, however, publicly available. You can see a description of the project (in french, I'm afraid) in the article Une police mathématique pour la Société mathématique de France : le SMF Baskerville (A mathematical font for the French Mathematical Society: the SMF Baskerville). There's a comparison of the font with the original on page 13.

Micropress sells a Baskerville-based font called BA Math, but you might find it quite different to what the EGA fonts look like (the most notable change is the width of the math italic letter, which have lost their characteristic Baskerville narrowness).

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.