Name of this Font? Body text in the series of books by Time-Life

I am trying to identify a font from a series of books by Time-Life that has gone out of print. A sample of the particular is given in the image below:

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OCR, image processing and correlation with font databases failed to return anything meaningful. Human expertise appreciated.

Note: We can narrow the search space to all typefaces that were designed before July 1990 since that was the year of publication.

Edit: There are no PDF versions, or higher resolutions of this font from search results returned by Google, Bing or DuckDuckGo.

Update: Have ordered print versions of the book series. Once they arrive (hopefully soon) high resolution images will be uploaded.

Additional details:

Author: Time-Life Books Editors

Series: Voyage Through the Universe Series

Publication: 1990-07-01

Publisher: Time-Life, Incorporated


I don’t believe I’ve ever seen this particular variant before, but it is very similar to Linotype’s Egyptienne F™ and Bitstream’s Humanist Slabserif 712, which are almost identical (both based on a design by Adrian Frutiger from 1956). Here is a comparison of a line from the book and Egyptienne F™:

Text from book
Text in Egyptienne

It’s impossible to tell, due to the small size and the pixelation of the text from the book, whether this is exactly the font used, but I don’t think it is. If you look very closely, you can see that the top-left terminal of the lowercase a in Egyptienne has no finial or serif and is more or less flush with the left of the bowl, making its upper counter fairly wide; in the book text, on the other hand, it seems to have a cusp or serif, and the upper counter is definitely narrower than the lower. The book text also seems to have a slightly higher x-height.

They are very close, though, and I can’t find anything closer than Egyptienne on the regular font sites.

Source : Link , Question Author : GoofyBall , Answer Author : Janus Bahs Jacquet

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