Does anyone know what is the font used in Mumford's Geometric Invariant Theory? If yes is it available as package in LaTeX?

PS: Look up the book in Google books. Note that the final chapters which were added later are typeset with CM fonts.

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    Link: books.google.com/… – Seamus Jan 12 '11 at 11:38
  • It looks like Garamond. And it is available as a latex font. Check the Latex Font Catalogue. – user17508 Aug 12 '12 at 21:26
  • The only common point between Garamond and Monotype Old Style Series 2 is that they're both "old style" fonts. If you look at them closely (e.g. the lowercase "a", "g", "e"), they're very different. – Philippe Goutet Aug 13 '12 at 5:39

The font is Monotype’s “Old Style Series 2” which was one of the main fonts used for mathematical publishing along with Monotype Modern 1 & 7, Imprint, Times and Baskerville (in the US, one could also add Monotype Modern 8 and Century Schoolbook). Here’s a showing of the alphabet in the Monotype Mathematical Sorts List booklet by Arthur Phillips (1956):

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You’ll notice that the italic f  is different, but it was quite common at the time to substitute an f  without kerns to ease the setting process. As often, they also used a generic set of numbers (from Monotype Modern, probably) which does not match the font.

Here’s a close-up of some characters from Mumford’s book (page 34) which are typical of Old Style Series 2 and allows to identify it:

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Monotype did a digitalisation of it as Monotype Old Style, but there’s no LaTeX package for it and no companion math font.


Have you tried the WhatTheFont website?


I suggest to use identifont.

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