I wish to identify the below typeface, which is similar or identical to Times New Roman, except for a "tied" percent sign. I need it for MS Word so welcome suggestions of similar typefaces available in Word.
There are probably hundreds of fonts which fits your description, so finding one that fits your taste might be like searching for a needle in a haystack.
I assume that the font needs to be free, so I would suggest the following:
- Enter a site with free fonts like dafont or Google Fonts.
- Choose a preview text with many different letters and a %-sign. For example: "handgloves %".
- Since Times new Roman is a classic serif font you should confine your search to only include serif fonts.
- Scroll through the pages and find a font you like which has the tied %-sign.
- Download and install it on your system. Most free fonts will work in MS Word.
The text is definitely Plantin, a precursor of Times, not Times itself. Additional clear differences from Times are the gap in the P and the slanted sides of the M. The percent sign is left unexplained because all Plantin samples I see have a disconnected percent. The tied percent in this book appears to be a substitution or customization.
If the percent style is the main feature you like and want to replicate, then you have various options that people have mentioned. If you care about all the other ways the book's typeface differs from Times, you will have to use Plantin.
At first, I thought the most likely candidate was Linotype's Times, because it has the right style of percent sign and it's included with Apple operating systems. (Microsoft's Times New Roman is provided by Monotype.)
However, as you mentioned in comments, the book is from 1988, before "standard" fonts bundled with OS or office software really took over the typography world.
It does look like a Times, and there are other digitisations of the original 1930s metal type; Adobe's is another one with this style of percent sign. There are also related typefaces, like Plantin (here is MTI's Plantin).
However, none that I have found have both this percent sign and the distinctive italic forms seen here (like the p that Wolff pointed out in comments, and the swash v).