Claude Garamond


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Garamond is a family of old-style serif typefaces derived from the work of Claude Garamond in the sixteenth century; most Garamond fonts have become renowned for their excellent readability, elegance, and character. You have read novels, poems, or pamphlets typeset in Garamond before without noticing, as it is selected by numerous publishers, authors, and individuals for the printing of their works. See Wikipedia for further details.

Amongst the numerous typefaces claiming Garamond heritage (see for instance Identifont's page for a tentatively exhaustive list), one finds:

Shall you seriously contemplate the purchase of a commercial Garamond font, we can only praise Adobe Garamond Premier Pro for its quality and wide character coverage. However, please consider that you might be just as satisfied with the Garamond No. 8 font, a good alternative free for anyone to download, use, and modify for non-commercial purposes; it was released by URW++ Design & Development under the Alladin Free Public License in 2000 and was subsequently further improved. You may download this font in TrueType format (used to render this page). As a consequence, using this font, say, in an X environment, is as straightforward as typing:

wget -P ~/.fonts -A ttf -r -np -nd http://garamond.org/urw/
mkfontdir ~/.fonts && xset fp rehash

It is also available for use with LaTeX, together with a corresponding mathematical font.

If this particular font were not to suit your needs, we recommend that prior to resorting to commercial fonts you consider other free alternatives, such as: