# Old-style/Antique typesetting in LaTeX/TeX

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)

Thanks!

-
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

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:

``````\usepackage{mathspec}
\defaultfontfeatures{Mapping=tex-text}
\setallmainfonts{Old Standard}
``````

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

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.

-
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