Alphabets & Numbers of the Middle Ages (page 1/4)


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Title: Alphabets & Numbers of the Middle Ages

Author: Shaw, Henry

City: London

Date: 1845

Total items: 33

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: Green and Gold caligraphic/Uncial Capital G]

Green and Gold caligraphic/Uncial Capital G

A version of the majiscule, or capital, “G” here that I have coloured gold and green, with a simulated cloth background, using a Free (libre,open source) image editing program called GIMP. [more...] [$]

[picture: clipart: initial letter A from late 15th century printed book]

clipart: initial letter A from late 15th century printed book

A decorative initial “A” taken from a late 15th century alphabet. You could use it as a drop capital, an avatar, or something to colour in. If you use it, let me know what you did! [more...] [$]

[picture: Badge of Saint John the Evangelist]

Badge of Saint John the Evangelist

A detail from Sacred Monogram and Badges of the Apostles, the badge of St. John, depicted here as an eagle and a scroll. [more...] [$]

[picture: clipart: initial letter L from late 15th century printed book]

clipart: initial letter L from late 15th century printed book

A decorative initial “L” taken from a late 15th century alphabet. You could use it as a drop capital, an avatar, or something to colour in. If you use it, let me know what you did! [more...] [$]

[picture: clipart: initial letter Z from late 15th century printed book]

clipart: initial letter Z from late 15th century printed book

A decorative initial “Z” taken from a late 15th century alphabet. You could use it as a drop capital, an avatar, or something to colour in. If you use it, let me know what you did! [more...] [$]


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Some images from Alphabets and Numbers of the Middle Ages by Henry Shaw, 1845. I have a fac simile of this out-of-copyright work, and the fac simile is itself out of copyright.

This book is also online (with a much lower-quality scan) at Google Books; if you see a page you would like me to scan from my fac simile copy, let me know. Unfortunately, the colour printing in the fac simile uses the four-colour screening process, so I cannot provide high-resolution scans for some of the colour images, although they will be fine for Web or print use in most cases.

See also Symms on Illuminating for some beautiful colour decorative initials, and Delamotte on Alphabets for some beautiful alphabets.


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