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:
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.
Author: Time-Life Books Editors
Series: Voyage Through the Universe Series
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™:
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.