Ornamental Alphabets, Ancient and Mediæval (page 1/8)

[picture: Front Cover]

Title: Ornamental Alphabets, Ancient and Mediæval

Author: Delamotte, F.

City: London

Date: 1879

Total items: 76

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: 53.11.---Four Quarters Cross]

53.11.—Four Quarters Cross

A cross with a centre divided into four quarters, perhaps representing the four Gospels, the four Evangelists who wrote them, or the four corners of the world. This cross might look well on a map as a compass rose to mark North, South East and West, but make [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: 17.---14th Century Illminated MS., Simplified]

17.—14th Century Illminated MS., Simplified

This is a simplified version of the fourteenth century alphabet, with the addition of a letter “J” and a slightly modernized letter “F”. [more...] [$]

[picture: Happy bashful fiery sun face drawing]

Happy bashful fiery sun face drawing

This reddish-yellow sun face has an out-of-control hairdo and a cute smile; it’s a detail from a Sixteenth Century decorative initial letter “U”. [more...] [$]

[picture: 53.26.---Ornamental Leaf]

53.26.—Ornamental Leaf

A decorated leaf from a calligraphic manuscript. In lots of sizes so you can put it in your scrapbook (scrap-book?) if you like. [more...] [$]

[picture: Decorative initial letter ``J'' from 16th Century]

Decorative initial letter “J” from 16th Century

This capital “J” is suitable for use as a drop cap (dropped capital) or a decorative initial; there’s also a small version for an avatar or icon. It is inspired by the 16th century alphabet, but I (Liam) made it from the letter I for modern usage. [more...] [$]

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Scans from The Book of Ornamental Alphabets, Ancient and Mediæval collected and engraved by Freeman Gage Delamotte (1814 – 1862); London, Crosby Lockwood and Co., 1879

If anyone is interested, I’ll try and do some better scans of the alphabets and examples of calligraphy and calligraphic initials in this book.

(Note: Mediæval is the older British English spelling of Mediaeval, or Medieval).

The full title page is transcribed alongside its image. This is an oblong octavo with alphabets printed in various colours including red, green and brown.

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