Ornamental Alphabets, Ancient and Mediæval (page 3/8)

[picture: 34.  34.---16th Century.  Vatican.]

34. 34.—16th Century. Vatican.

Alphabet from a 16th Century manuscript in the Vatical Library. The letters are A B C D E F G H I K L M N P Q R S T Y, so that J, V, Y and Z are lacking. For J one would use J at that time, and U for [...] [more...]

[picture: 50.---16th Century]

50.—16th Century

This is not a good scan; I plan to replace it with one made at a higher resolution. Decorative initials suitable for use as drop caps or initial caps. They were printed in light brown in the book, but for this 300dpi alphabet scan I converted them to [...] [more...]

[picture: 51.---16th Century]

51.—16th Century

A set of decorative initial letters from the sixteenth century; it is missing “J” “O” “W” “X” and “Z” so that there are only 21 letters here, although I have made [...]A has a bird biting a moth; B has a king and a grotesque figure; C has a boar with a bird on its back; D has a log fire; E has a dragon with wings and a forked tongue; F has a flower (a Tudor Rose, perhaps) and a bird; G has a dog; H has an archer or a person walking with a stick; I has a dog biting a bone and also a lizard; J is a modern fake; K has faces sticking out tongues; L has a painter or writer licking a pencil; M has a lion and a thistle; N has a fish wearing a crown and a scarf; O is a modern fake; P has a pelican; Q has perhaps a peacock; R has a dog catching and eating a rat, or maybe a salamander; S has a king as a dinosaur; T has two phoenixes; U has a sun; V has a jester, I think; Y has maybe a tiny dancing dinosaur. [more...]

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

Decorative initial letter “A” from 16th Century

This capital “A” 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 taken from a 16th century alphabet, and shows a bird biting a moth. [more...]

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

Decorative initial letter “B” from 16th Century

This capital “B” 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 taken from a 16th century alphabet, and features acorns and oak leaves, and a king or two-headed grotesque figure. [more...]

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

Decorative initial letter “C” from 16th Century

This capital “C” 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 taken from a 16th century alphabet, and shows a boar with a bird on its back! [more...]

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

Decorative initial letter “D” from 16th Century

This capital “D” 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 taken from a 16th century alphabet, and includes a wood-fire. [more...]

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

Decorative initial letter “E” from 16th Century

This capital “E” 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 taken from a 16th century alphabet, and depicts a dragon with wings and a long tongue, and, in the background, a fleur-de-lys. So maybe it is a French dragon? [more...]

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

Decorative initial letter “F” from 16th Century

This capital “F” 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 taken from a 16th century alphabet, and shows a bird, perhaps a pigeon or dove, and a flower, drawn like a Tudor rose but maybe closer to a daffodil. [more...]

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

Decorative initial letter “G” from 16th Century

This capital “G” 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 taken from a 16th century alphabet, and shows a dog, a hound, with a long-beaked bird or insect above it. [more...]

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

Decorative initial letter “H” from 16th Century

This capital “H” 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 taken from a 16th century alphabet, and shows an archer, or more likely a jester or actor with a mask. [more...]

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

Decorative initial letter “I” from 16th Century

This capital “I” 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 taken from a 16th century alphabet, and shows a dog biting a bone while being attacked by jellyfish (?), and also a lizard, and perhaps some holly in the background. [more...]


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