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[picture: Front Cover, Letters and Lettering]

Images from Letters & Lettering: A Treatise With 200 Examples by Frank Chouteau Brown, Boston, 1921.

A note printed immediately after the title and impressions pages starts out, “This book is intended for those who have felt the need of a varied collection of alphabets of standard forms, arranged for convenient use.”

Frank Chouteay Brown was an architect based in Boston; this book, Letters and Lettering, was for many American architects and designers their first introduction to Roman monumental capital letters. The book had five editions, of which the first was in 1902.

Title: Letters & Lettering: A Treatise With 200 Examples

Author: Brown, Frank Chouteau

City: Boston

Date: 1921

Total items: 76

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

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[picture: 140.  Modern American Letters.  Maxfield Parrish.]

140. Modern American Letters. Maxfield Parrish.

“The pages of letters shown in 138, 139 and 140 are intended to suggest forms which, while suitable for rapid use, yet possess some individuality and character. The so-called “Cursive” letter by Mr. Maxfield Parrish, 140, is particularly effective for such informal use—in fact, its very charm lies in its informality—and is quite as distinctively [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: 156.---Uncial Gothic Capitals. 14th Century.]

156.—Uncial Gothic Capitals. 14th Century.

When the Gothic Uncial capitals were cut in stone and marble there was naturally a corresponding change in character, as is shown in the Italian examples illustrated in 160 and 161. These examples, which are reproduced from rubbings, exhibit the characteristic stone cut forms very clearly. A Gothic Uncial alphabet redrawn from a German brass is illustrated in 162. The group of specimens from 154 to 159 exhibit the chronological growth of the Uncial capitals, which were used, as has been said, with the various small Blackletter [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: 66.---Modern Greek Type.  Selwyn Image.]

66.—Modern Greek Type. Selwyn Image.

“The Greek type designed for the Macmillan Company of England, by Mr. Selwyn Image, [Fig. 66], is of sufficient interest to be shown here, despite the fact that it is not strictly [...] returned to the more classic Greek form, although the result may at first glance seem illegible to the reader familiar with the more common cursive letters.” (p. 73) [more...] [$]

[picture: Letter P from ``Alphabet after Serlio'']

Letter P from “Alphabet after Serlio”

The letter P taken from Fig. 1. [$]

[picture: Letter K from ``Alphabet after Serlio'']

Letter K from “Alphabet after Serlio”

The letter K taken from Fig. 2. [$]


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Images from Letters & Lettering: A Treatise With 200 Examples by Frank Chouteau Brown, Boston, 1921.

A note printed immediately after the title and impressions pages starts out, “This book is intended for those who have felt the need of a varied collection of alphabets of standard forms, arranged for convenient use.”

Frank Chouteay Brown was an architect based in Boston; this book, Letters and Lettering, was for many American architects and designers their first introduction to Roman monumental capital letters. The book had five editions, of which the first was in 1902.


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