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

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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.

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

Decorative initial letter “N” from 16th Century

This capital “N” 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 fish wearing a crown and scarf or bandage. [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: 53.19.---Decorative stylised tree]

53.19.—Decorative stylised tree

A printer’s ornament, or, more likely, a calligraphic decoration, in the shape of a small bush, tree or shrub. [more...] [$]

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

53.32.—Fleur-de-lys

Another Fleur-de-lys.

This image is taken from plate 53. [$]


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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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