Hi, I'm new to typophile, and I have a typeface to choose. I have a small, light-hearted self-help book project, based on Victorian health tips. I'm using "Jugend WF" (sample attached) for the titling and heads, but I'm trying to find a good body face for the content.
I'm overrun display faces from Victorian advertising and posters but I don't really know where to start for a respectful hardworking body face. I can't decide whether it needs a sans with a nod to the Victorian era to contrast and root it in the present, or a serif from the Victorian era to respect the context. I'm leaning towards a serif, but I don't want it to look too dry.