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: 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: 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: 53.32.---Fleur-de-lys]


Another Fleur-de-lys.

This image is taken from plate 53. [$]

[picture: Back Cover]

Back Cover

The back cover of this Victorian book has a geometric border and a floral ornament. [$]

[picture: 53.31.---thistle decoration or page element.]

53.31.—thistle decoration or page element.

A small thistle emblem used as a decorative page element or ornament. [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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