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I was hoping I could get a bit of advice from you clever people about the choice of typeface for a book I'm working on.
The text, a rather unconventional "autobiography" composed of prose pieces of varying lengths along with some poems, seems to me to need a light serif face, rounded rather than spiky, not too condensed, attractive but not "showy". One typeface that immediately suggested itself was Souvenir: I don't actually think much of it as a face, but like the overall look it gives to a page.
If I had to choose from what we already have, it would probably be between Trump Mediaeval, Perpetua and Bell. None of them is quite right (respectively: too sharp, too small and too irregular-looking), and the versions we have (Bitstream for the first two, plus a Bell that came with the machine) aren't really up to scratch.
My boss isn't too keen on faces that have sharp and/or over-detailed serifs, so that's another limitation.
The book will be four-colour throughout, with plenty of photographs (colour and black and white) mixed in with the text. The paper will therefore be coated and around 120gsm (sorry, I don't know what this is equivalent to in non-metric paper weight). We need the paper to be high-white for the photographs, which isn't ideal for the text, so we're looking into the feasibility of putting a very light creamy tint behind the text and blank parts of the page.
Size-wise, we're thinking 10 to 11 pt (depending on the x-height of the face) on 14pt, but might need to go higher on the leading.
We don't want to break the bank on this, but obviously for a book of this magnitude a couple of hundred pounds/dollars/euros will be a drop in the ocean. I'm keen to use something new rather than a revival, but would also like to be able to use it for other books in the future.
I hope that's enough information to get you going!