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

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[picture: Front Cover]

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.

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: Decorative initial letter ``U'' from 16th Century]

Decorative initial letter “U” from 16th Century

This capital letter “U” 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 shows a sun, with rays and a face rather like a lion; perhaps it would be good for a chapter opening in a Narnia book! Note that this is [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: 17.---14th Century Illuminated MS.]

17.—14th Century Illuminated MS.

This upper-case alphabet printed in green has thin tendrils intertwining between the letters, so that it is impossible to tell for certain where one letter ends and the next begins. [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]

53.32.—Fleur-de-lys

Another Fleur-de-lys.

This image is taken from plate 53. [$]

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

Decorative initial letter “S” from 16th Century

This capital letter “S” 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 shows a king as a beast, and a bird-beast. [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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