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I would like to typeset a page that looks "antique." Are there packages/fonts in LaTeX that do that? I could find antique fonts online, but they don't include math symbols. An http://www.ctan.org/tex-archive/info/Free_Math_Font_Survey/survey.html (dated 2006) lists various free math fonts that were available then, but none of them look antique.

Examples of what I am looking for:

  1. Einstein's General Relativity Paper
  2. JSTOR; American Mathematical Monthly, in 1960 (requires subscription)
  3. Another one from JSTOR (AMM 1960)
  4. JSTOR; AMM (1894)


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This is a very similar question to this question here: tex.stackexchange.com/q/9495/2693 It's not clear that many of these antique style fonts have math support, so you may have to improvise with some combination of fonts. –  Alan Munn Jan 29 '11 at 16:33
There are more things to look at than just the font (and its properties, ie. old-style numerals); in Einstein's paper, for example, pay attention to the inter-word spacing/non-frenchspacing (horizontal rhythm) and baselineskip/et al (vertical rhythm), and typeblock-width and margins! –  morbusg Jan 29 '11 at 21:38
@Alan: Thanks; yes, I noticed that many fonts do not have math support. I guess I'll have to create my own font slowly if needed. @morbusg: Given the amount of data we already have, I think it should be possible to extract the symbols that we commonly use and possibly create a font out of it. Let me try that option when I get time. –  Vimal Jan 30 '11 at 3:34
Wow, look at those summation signs in Einstein's paper. I'd love to use those in a report sometime just to see people's reaction. If you do build up a font please put it on CTAN. –  Canageek Sep 25 '11 at 3:58
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If you don't mind using XeLaTeX, you could use the Old Standard font, which is available on CTAN (though not packaged for regular TeX/pdfTeX, unfortunately), along with the mathspec package as so:

\setallmainfonts{Old Standard}

Here's a screenshot taken from the \blindmathpaper command generated by the blindtext package.

old standard font in XeLaTeX

It doesn't have its own math symbols, so some of these are taken from Latin Modern (--the default behavior with mathspec--), but I think they go well enough together.

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This looks good for the text, but if you look at the math symbols, there still is a difference. :-) I'll try this and see how it looks. Thanks! –  Vimal Jan 30 '11 at 3:37
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