# Using titlepages with memoir

I was wondering how to use the titlepage package together with the memoir package. I'm wondering what I'm doing wrong.

The code is from \titleHGP on pages 48-49 of the titlepages.pdf

I'm looking for this

\documentclass[a4paper, 11pt, openright]{memoir}
\usepackage{titlepages}
\newcommand*{\titleHGP}{\begingroup% Handy Guide to Papermaking
\drop=0.1\txtheight
\begin{minipage}[t]{0.05\txtwidth}
\color{Red}
\rule{6pt}{\txtheight}
\end{minipage}
\hspace{0.05\txtwidth}
\begin{minipage}[t]{0.6\txtwidth}
\vspace*{\drop}
{\Large THE AUTHOR} \\
\rule{0.9\txtwidth}{1pt} \par
\vspace{3\baselineskip}
{\noindent\Huge\bfseries CONUNDRUMS} \par
\vspace{2\baselineskip}
{\Large\itshape A Handy Guide to Puzzles and Enigmas} \par
\vspace{6.5\baselineskip}
{\scshape after the foreign edition of year \\
translated by} \par
\vspace{0.1\baselineskip}
{\Large THE TRANSLATOR} \par
\vspace{\baselineskip}
\rule{0.9\txtwidth}{1pt} \par
\vspace{\baselineskip}
{\Large THE PUBLISHER}
\end{minipage}
\hfill
\begin{minipage}[t]{0.15\txtwidth}
{\color{Red}
\FSfont{5fh}% FontSite Fette Gotisch
\HUGE
\vspace{3.3\baselineskip}
H \\[1.15\baselineskip]
G \\[1.15\baselineskip]
P \\[1.15\baselineskip]
E
}\par
\vspace{4\baselineskip}
{\Large YEAR}
\end{minipage}
\endgroup}

\pagestyle{empty}
\begin{document}
\titleHGP
\end{document}

• Your question is unclear. You aren't saying what problem you have and what you expect. Can you please either show an error message, or an image of the result with an explanation of what you wanted? May 18 at 15:01
• I edited the question with my expectations.
– Jan
May 18 at 15:06
• It might be a silly question, but are you sure that package titlepages exists? Here with a full TeX Live 2022, this package is unknown, and all I find on CTAN is a document with that name, but it isn't a package, it's a compilation of good-looking title pages. May 18 at 15:10
• I wouldn't use the titlepages package at all, but just copy that code you have inside \titleHGP into the titlingpage env directly in your memoir document. Feel free to copy the designed in titlepages. May 18 at 15:11
• @Miyase as you say there is no package called titlepage. The code comes from ctan.org/tex-archive/info/latex-samples/TitlePages but the sample it self is not enough, it needs code from the source of that info document May 18 at 15:32

titlepages on CTAN is not a package; it's just a showcase of what other people have done.

It provides the code used by other people. Unfortunately it takes that code somewhat out of context, and does not tell you what packages, page geometry, etc., the people who originally created the titlepage used. You're more or less left to figure those things out yourself.

To reproduce that particular sample, I had to define some additional lengths, scaling them to the fact that memoir with a4 uses bigger pages, and I had to download the font ds-fette-gotisch.ttf from here. Since that's a truetype font, to use it, I had to load the fontspec package, which means you'll have to compile this code with xelatex rather than pdflatex. But you could modify it to use some other blackletter font instead. For options, see the LaTeX font catalogue.

I made some other small modifications in the attempt to match the original.

%xelatex
\documentclass[a4paper, 11pt, openright]{memoir}
\usepackage[dvipsnames]{xcolor}
\newlength{\drop}
\newlength{\txtwidth}
\setlength{\txtwidth}{0.95\textwidth}
\newlength{\txtheight}
\setlength{\txtheight}{0.95\textheight}
\usepackage{fontspec}
\newcommand{\FSfont}[1]{\fontspec[Extension=.ttf,Scale=1.6]{ds-fette-gotisch.regular}}
\newcommand*{\titleHGP}{\begingroup% Handy Guide to Papermaking
\drop=0.1\txtheight
\noindent\begin{minipage}[t]{0.05\txtwidth}
\color{Red}
\rule{6pt}{\txtheight}
\end{minipage}
\hspace{0.05\txtwidth}
\begin{minipage}[t]{0.6\txtwidth}
\vspace*{\drop}
{\Large THE AUTHOR} \\
\rule{0.9\txtwidth}{1pt} \par
\vspace{3\baselineskip}
{\noindent\Huge\bfseries CONUNDRUMS} \par
\vspace{2\baselineskip}\raggedright
{\Large\itshape A Handy Guide to Puzzles and Enigmas} \par
\vspace{6.5\baselineskip}
{\scshape\fontsize{14pt}{16pt}\selectfont after the foreign edition of year \\
translated by} \par
\vspace{0.2\baselineskip}
{\Large THE TRANSLATOR} \par
\vspace{\baselineskip}
\rule{0.9\txtwidth}{1pt} \par
\vspace{\baselineskip}
{\Large THE PUBLISHER}
\end{minipage}
%\hfill
\hspace{0.6in}
\begin{minipage}[t]{0.15\txtwidth}
{\color{Red}
\FSfont{5fh}% FontSite Fette Gotisch
\HUGE
\vspace{3.9\baselineskip}
H \\[1.15\baselineskip]
G \\[1.15\baselineskip]
P \\[1.15\baselineskip]
E
}\par
\vspace{4\baselineskip}
{\Large YEAR}
\end{minipage}
\endgroup}

\pagestyle{empty}
\begin{document}
\titleHGP
\end{document}


If there's another example you'd like to try to recreate, let us know.

• Many thanks. I'm amazed at how helpful this community is.
– Jan
May 18 at 15:52
• How do I get more line spacing? The title is a bit longer and spans three lines, so it's all bunched up. I tried \linespread{2} but that doesn't work.
– Jan
May 18 at 16:06
• You can do that in a variety of ways like setting the \baselinskip length, but for a title you only need to do once, I'd probably just make the linebreaks manually with \\  and add a length afterwards \\[1.0ex], etc. May 18 at 16:42

titlepages is not a package but a sample document. If you want to use one of the titlepages it defines you must copy all the needed definitions from the document too. E.g.

\documentclass[a4paper, 11pt, openright]{memoir}
\usepackage[svgnames]{xcolor}
\newcommand*{\FSfont}[1]{%
\fontencoding{T1}\fontfamily{#1}\selectfont}
\newlength{\tpheight}\setlength{\tpheight}{0.9\textheight}
\newlength{\txtheight}\setlength{\txtheight}{0.9\tpheight}
\newlength{\tpwidth}\setlength{\tpwidth}{0.9\textwidth}
\newlength{\txtwidth}\setlength{\txtwidth}{0.9\tpwidth}
\newlength{\drop}
\newcommand*{\titleHGP}{\begingroup% Handy Guide to Papermaking
\drop=0.1\txtheight
\begin{minipage}[t]{0.05\txtwidth}
\color{Red}
\rule{6pt}{\txtheight}
\end{minipage}
\hspace{0.05\txtwidth}
\begin{minipage}[t]{0.6\txtwidth}
\vspace*{\drop}
{\Large THE AUTHOR} \\
\rule{0.9\txtwidth}{1pt} \par
\vspace{3\baselineskip}
{\noindent\Huge\bfseries CONUNDRUMS} \par
\vspace{2\baselineskip}
{\Large\itshape A Handy Guide to Puzzles and Enigmas} \par
\vspace{6.5\baselineskip}
{\scshape after the foreign edition of year \\
translated by} \par
\vspace{0.1\baselineskip}
{\Large THE TRANSLATOR} \par
\vspace{\baselineskip}
\rule{0.9\txtwidth}{1pt} \par
\vspace{\baselineskip}
{\Large THE PUBLISHER}
\end{minipage}
\hfill
\begin{minipage}[t]{0.15\txtwidth}
{\color{Red}
\FSfont{5fh}% FontSite Fette Gotisch
\HUGE
\vspace{3.3\baselineskip}
H \\[1.15\baselineskip]
G \\[1.15\baselineskip]
P \\[1.15\baselineskip]
E
}\par
\vspace{4\baselineskip}
{\Large YEAR}
\end{minipage}
\endgroup}

\pagestyle{empty}
\begin{document}
\titleHGP
\end{document}


• Where does one find said needed definitions? titlepages.tex?
– Jan
May 18 at 15:48
• yes. That is a normal tex document that you can compile. May 18 at 15:52
• How do I get more line spacing? The title is a bit longer and spans three lines, so it's all bunched up. I tried \linespread{2} but that doesn't work.
– Jan
May 18 at 16:18

This at least compiles. It does not quite look right, but it looks the same as when you compile titlepages.tex on a modern LaTeX and remember to redefine \FSfont as it is refering to commercial conts.

\documentclass{memoir}

\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}

\newlength{\tpheight}\setlength{\tpheight}{0.9\textheight}
\newlength{\txtheight}\setlength{\txtheight}{0.9\tpheight}
\newlength{\tpwidth}\setlength{\tpwidth}{0.9\textwidth}
\newlength{\txtwidth}\setlength{\txtwidth}{0.9\tpwidth}
\newlength{\drop}

\usepackage{xcolor}
\colorlet{Red}{red}

\newcommand*{\FSfont}[1]{}

\pagestyle{empty}
\begin{document}

\begin{titlingpage}

\drop=0.1\txtheight
\begin{minipage}[t]{0.05\txtwidth}
\color{Red}
\rule{6pt}{\txtheight}
\end{minipage}
\hspace{0.05\txtwidth}
\begin{minipage}[t]{0.6\txtwidth}
\vspace*{\drop}
{\Large THE AUTHOR} \\
\rule{0.9\txtwidth}{1pt} \par
\vspace{3\baselineskip}
{\noindent\Huge\bfseries CONUNDRUMS} \par
\vspace{2\baselineskip}
{\Large\itshape A Handy Guide to Puzzles and Enigmas} \par
\vspace{6.5\baselineskip}
{\scshape after the foreign edition of year \\
translated by} \par
\vspace{0.1\baselineskip}
{\Large THE TRANSLATOR} \par
\vspace{\baselineskip}
\rule{0.9\txtwidth}{1pt} \par
\vspace{\baselineskip}
{\Large THE PUBLISHER}
\end{minipage}
\hfill
\begin{minipage}[t]{0.15\txtwidth}
{\color{Red}
\FSfont{5fh}% FontSite Fette Gotisch
\HUGE
\vspace{3.3\baselineskip}
H \\[1.15\baselineskip]
G \\[1.15\baselineskip]
P \\[1.15\baselineskip]
E
}\par
\vspace{4\baselineskip}
{\Large YEAR}
\end{minipage}
\end{titlingpage}

\end{document}

• Looks impressive. I don't think I quite understood what the problem was, but I'll have a look at the code and compare with mine. Thanks very much!
– Jan
May 18 at 15:45
• (1) titlepages is not a LaTeX package, (2) you need extra code for that sniplet to work, (3) you probably need to figure out what your editor says when the compilation fails. May 18 at 15:59
• How do I get more line spacing? The title is a bit longer and spans three lines, so it's all bunched up. I tried \linespread{2} but that doesn't work.
– Jan
May 18 at 16:33