Alternative to Mrs. Eaves needed

tokeloke's picture

hi - first post to the board..

I am working on a huge project, trying to find a warm, "imperfect" serif typeface akin to Mrs. Eaves (and Filosofia) . I have spent over 4 days searching and exploring with not too much success, so any pointers would be greatly appreciated. The closest I've come are Fountain type faces, but most of these are a bit too stiff for me.


Warm, human, well crafted, imperfect, vintage, hopefully a comprehensive number of weights.

By "imperfect" I mean that it does not matter if the typeface jumps a bit, like Eaves or is a bit uneven, as long as it gives off that familiar "warmth".

My last ditch effort would be to loosely interpret a given font by hand (pen/paper), but I haven't even been able to find a decent starting point.

please help - Thanks!

scannerlicker's picture

Have you seen Dino dos Santos' typefaces?

hrant's picture

I think you will get a number of good suggestions, but for myself,
when I think "better Mrs Eaves", I think of The Foundry's Wilson:

A much rougher option would be Founder's Caslon:


Stephen Coles's picture

Good suggestions from Hrant. Also Pradell, FF Clifford, FF Atma.

Nick Shinn's picture

Two of my many imperfect designs:

Indra Kupferschmid's picture

for imperfection and atmosphere maybe take a look at MVB Sirenne.
I once chose Fred Smeijers’ Custodia when I was looking for something similar, but it only comes in two weights at the moment (he's working on expanding it though).

Beauclair's picture

What about Vendetta?

seventy7's picture

It's subtle, but these Czech versions of the classic face have some imperfection and warmth not available in other cuts.

1. Baskerville Original
2. Baskerville 10 Pro

karinskij's picture

What about this one, recently posted here:

tokeloke's picture

hi guys - really appreciate this - checking your suggestions out, I have had eyes on Feijoa and now Typonine's Tempera (the Biblio serif'ed version is maybe not exactly imperfect and warm, but the entire set is very flexible, and from what I can see, well executed)

Will keep looking, so keep the suggestions coming! Thanks again for taking the time.

Jared Benson's picture

Throwing in my two cents on behalf of FF Atma.

Randy's picture

Tribute also from emigre.

Mr.zd's picture

try Absara
it has lots of weights and a sans

Gary Lonergan's picture

Poliphilus has loads of warmth but no extra weights
which for this font is correct

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