This question is induced by a beautiful answer https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/328429/26134. I know, that it is opinion based, but I am interested in at least opinion of Steven B. Segletes, the author of this answer.

And the question is: which fonts may be suggested as text fonts for a material starting with Victorian Initials?

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    I'll give it some more thought, though my initial impression has been that drop-caps stand on their own so well (different size, even color), that there are fewer "compatibility" issues with the adjacent primary font as compared with, for example, the thrust of your referenced question, in which the sought-after letter must be the same size/color as the primary font, kern with it compatibly, comparable stroke widths, angles, etc. – Steven B. Segletes Sep 7 '16 at 17:30
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    EB Garamond comes with nice initials where the decorations and the letter are separate. This allows to color them differently, see tex.blogoverflow.com/2011/08/putting-colors-in-initials – Henri Menke Sep 7 '16 at 19:42
  • I don't know what you are looking for, really. Are you talking about fonts for the initials or fonts to complement them? If so, to complement which in particular? A minimum working example is really required for the second. For the first, it would also be very useful or necessary if you know the fonts you want to use the initials with. If you are just looking for initials see, for example my answer at tex.stackexchange.com/questions/250474/…. – cfr Sep 7 '16 at 20:23
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    @cfr The Victorian Initials from the linked answer: i.stack.imgur.com/i1J1j.jpg – Przemysław Scherwentke Sep 8 '16 at 0:47
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    @cfr All is taken from this answer tex.stackexchange.com/a/328429/26134, as it was written in my question. Hence I do not know the initials. I saw them first time in my life and I am enchanted. – Przemysław Scherwentke Sep 8 '16 at 1:28


The font is available in truetype format. Detailed information:

Family:              Victorian Initials One
Subfamily:           Regular
Full name:           Victorian Initials One
PostScript name:     VictorianInitials-One
Version:             Version 1.0; 2001; initial release
Unique ID:           TypographerMediengestaltung: Victorian Initials One: 2001
Designer:            Dieter Steffmann
Designer URL:        http://www.steffmann.de
Vendor URL:          http://www.steffmann.de
Copyright:           Copyright (c) Typographer Mediengestaltung, 2001. All rights reserved. Digitized by Dieter Steffmann, Kreuztal.
Vendor ID:           DST

I produced the image above using pdfTeX, but XeTeX or LuaTeX would obviously be much easier. The font cannot be redistributed, obviously, but is freely available (or was freely available a few years ago).

  • So where do I find the font, and how do I install it? – Turion Aug 1 '18 at 13:01
  • @Turion try the URL in my answer? – cfr Aug 1 '18 at 17:28
  • yes, but then I still don't know how to install or use it. – Turion Aug 1 '18 at 17:32
  • @Turion Install it however you usually install fonts for your system. Then use fontspec with XeLaTeX or LuaLaTeX to access it. – cfr Aug 1 '18 at 23:06
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    @Turion Note that tug.dk/FontCatalogue/otherfonts.html#initials are available out-of-the-box with any current TeX installation. See the package cfr-initials for documentation. Or use the code from the catalogue, if you prefer. Apparently, they've not heard of cfr-initials. – cfr Aug 1 '18 at 23:12

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