I've just bought Baskerville Classico font and tried to load it using Xelatex, but small caps didn't work. I finally found this post : [https://tex.stackexchange.com/questions/165998/small-caps-in-fontspec-on-xelatex]... added this piece of code and loaded it with LuaLaTex and it works:

  SmallCapsFont={TeX Gyre Termes},
]{Baskerville Classico}

Is my preamble correct?

This is a MWE:

  SmallCapsFont={TeX Gyre Termes},
]{Baskerville Classico}
    \fancyhf{} % sets both header and footer to nothing
    \fancyhead[CE]{\textsc{A title}} % even pages: chapter title
    \fancyhead[CO]{\textsc\leftmark} % odd pages: book title
    \chapter{A title}


Finally, I found the solution. This is the piece of code to add instead of Tex Gyre Termes:

]{Baskerville Classico}
  • If you do that, you won’t get Barkerville Classico’s small caps. You’re substituting a Times clone. I don’t own that font to test, but does otfinfo -f say it supports the Small Caps feature? Or does the family have small caps as a separate face?
    – Davislor
    Commented Jun 5, 2021 at 8:00
  • Otfinfo : otfinfo -f Baskerville Classico otfinfo: Baskerville: No such file or directory otfinfo: Classico: No such file or directory
    – domi
    Commented Jun 5, 2021 at 16:59
  • Small caps work well in Word, for instance.
    – domi
    Commented Jun 5, 2021 at 17:00
  • otfinfo needs the file and path, which you should be able to find with luaotfload-tool --find "Baskerville Classico".
    – Davislor
    Commented Jun 5, 2021 at 20:08
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    afaik, bounty prizes are nonrefundable, and expiration dates nonnegotiable. What may work is for @Davislor to provide an answer, because it seems to me that he gave the op the clue to solve his problem, and then award that bounty to that answer.
    – jarnosz
    Commented Jun 12, 2021 at 19:02

1 Answer 1


I’ll migrate my advice, which the OP confirms was helpful, into an answer rather than the comments.

By default, fontspec tries to activate the feature it calls Letters=SmallCaps and OpenType calls smcp. You can check whether a given font has this feature with the command otfinfo -f, followed by the absolute filename with its path. You can get the filename from the display name of the font with luaotfload-tool --find. You typically want to put names that contain spaces in double quotes on the command line.

In this case, you told me that the filename was /Library/Fonts/Linotype - Baskerville Classico.otf, and that it did not have this feature. There was, however, another font face in the same directory that did have small caps, Linotype - Baskerville Classico SC.otf.

Typically, you would load a separate small-caps face like this by adding options like

  % Set Ligatures, Numbers, etc.
  SmallCapsFont={* SC},
  SmallCapsFeatures={} }


If there’s also a bold or italic small caps face, you would load that with options like, hypothetically,

  ItalicFeatures = { SmallCapsFont = {*-SC-Italic},
                     SmallCapsFeatures = {} },

What methods of loading a file vary between XeTeX and LuaTeX on different OSes, but using the exact filename with Extension= is usually recommended.

Here, what seemed to work was the family name and style. You can get a list of the possible family and style names that fontspec might understand with otfinfo -i, and test whether LuaTeX can look up a name with luaotfload-tool --find or whether XeTeX can look it up with fc-match.

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