Die Bücher-Ornamentik Der Renaissance (Vol. I.) (page 1/5)

details...
[picture: Book cover, Ornamentik Der Renaissance (Vol. I.)]

Engravings from “Die Bücher-Ornamentik Der Renaissance” (Book-Ornament of the Renaissance) by A. F. Butsch, Leipzig, 1878. Alfred Butsch was a famous bookseller and a collecter of antiquarian books; the engraved plates in the book reproduce illustrations from early printed books.

I bought my copy of this book (actually Volume II hasn’t arrive yet!) from a bookseller in Germany; there is also a fac simile by Dover, but the reproduction is not of the highest quality, so these images are better, if very incomplete.

I also have Volume II.

Title: Die Bücher-Ornamentik Der Renaissance (Vol. I.)

Author: Butsch, A. F.

Published by: Verlag von G. Hirth

City: Leipzig

Date: 1878

Total items: 40

Out of copyright (called public domain in the USA), hence royalty-free for all purposes usage credit requested, or as marked.

Some sample images

[picture: Fantasy Romantic Border with Eros, Cherubs and Mermaids]

Fantasy Romantic Border with Eros, Cherubs and Mermaids

This ornate rococo border surrounded the title of a 1516 book printed in Germany: [more...] [$]

[picture: 62k.---Initial capital letter ``K'' from Dance of Death Alphabet.]

62k.—Initial capital letter “K” from Dance of Death Alphabet.

This decorative initial letter “K”, or drop cap, is from an alphabet designed by Hans Holbein and dating from 1523. It features a skeleton representing Death, wearing a fur cap and mantle, and [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: Ornate border from 1878 Title Page (black version)]

Ornate border from 1878 Title Page (black version)

This is the ornate decorative border from the title page of this book; it features cherubs or putti (naked boys with wings) holding up giant urns or vases; mermaids and mermen; angels, vines, flowers and leaves, all in one border or frame! Although the border is probably from a medieval/mediaeval or renaissance source, it would of course [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: Foliated Decorative Capital Letter ``O'']

Foliated Decorative Capital Letter “O”

This floriated letter “O” was used as an initial capital (a drop cap) on a title page inside this ornate mediæval border. The letter has an unusual spiral line round it, vines, leaves, and a strongly angled calligraphic stress. It dates from a book printed in 1478. [more...] [$]

[picture: 62w.---Initial capital letter ``W'' from Dance of Death Alphabet.]

62w.—Initial capital letter “W” from Dance of Death Alphabet.

This decorative initial letter “W”, or drop cap, is from an alphabet designed by Hans Holbein and dating from 1523. Death, depicted as a skeleton, comes for a [...] [more...] [$]


Tags in this source:

bare feet book covers borders calligraphy captions chapterheads cherubs chidren colour criblé death fleurs de lys floriated borders floriated initials flowers gambling geometric borders greyscale inhabited borders initials jesters lettera letterb letterc lettere letterf letterg letterh letteri letterj letterk letterl letterm lettern lettero letterp letterq letterr letters lettert letteru letterv letterw letterx letterz music musical instruments mythical creatures nudity nuns ornament ornaments page images people religion romance royalty scholars sex skeletons soldiers spirit title pages typography vines weapons wings women

Places shown:

none

Engravings from “Die Bücher-Ornamentik Der Renaissance” (Book-Ornament of the Renaissance) by A. F. Butsch, Leipzig, 1878. Alfred Butsch was a famous bookseller and a collecter of antiquarian books; the engraved plates in the book reproduce illustrations from early printed books.

I bought my copy of this book (actually Volume II hasn’t arrive yet!) from a bookseller in Germany; there is also a fac simile by Dover, but the reproduction is not of the highest quality, so these images are better, if very incomplete.

I also have Volume II.


Note: If you got here from a search engine and don’t see what you were looking for, it might have moved onto a different page within this gallery.