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2014 Font and Art Sampler


At the start of every year we put out a special sampler package of the fonts and art which we released or revised in the previous year at a very low introductory price. It’s a great way to try out some of our products.

Now it’s time to release the sampler for 2014, with a great selection of recent font and art releases. It includes 23 new or revised fonts, including 4 in their full release versions (Phaeton, Vasilisa, Doge and Carillon) and 19 demo versions, plus a great selection of over 50 images drawn from our art packages by Louis Rhead, Walter Crane, Charles Folkard and Cecily Mary Barker.

The package is available at a special discounted price of just $9.95 from our ONLINE STORE.

You can also get all the details on our other recent samplers at these links: 2013 Sampler, 2012 Sampler, 2011 Sampler, 2010 Sampler, 2009 Sampler, 2008 Sampler.


Illustrated Fairy Tales from Heart of Oak

goldlocksIn our endless acquisition of graphic arts resources we come across oddities from time to time. One of those is this collection of classic fairy tales told through illustrations by Frank T. Merrill, which were published in a series of children’s books called Heart of Oak.  They are here free to download as a bonus for loyal fans of our website and products.

New Font: Merguez

Merguez is a hand lettered font in the tradition of Speedball freehand calligraphy, but with some unusual flourishes.  It makes an excellent alternative to boring informal hand lettering fonts like Comic Sans.

It includes a full upper and lower case character set, plus numbers and punctuation. We picked the name for it from the popular French sausage made from lamb and spices, which you have to admit it kind of looks like.

You can try the DEMO version of Merguez for free. The demo version has a limited version of the outline character set. Or you can ORDER the full version for only $24.


Columbia’s Courtship by Walter Crane

columbia-fpAs part of Great Britain’s participation in the 1906 World’s Fair in Chicago, legendary Arts and Crafts artist Walter Crane was comissioned to produce a special commemorative book in a limited edition. The result was Columbia’s Courtship, an epic poem about American history, written and hand lettered by Walter Crane with each verse part of a full-page of illustration and decoration. It is one of Crane’s most unusual and striking works.

Columbia’s Courtship is one of Walter Crane’s rarest and hardest to find works. It has never been reissued in print or digital format and because of the limited size of the original printing, copies of that edition are extremely difficult to track down. As far as we know, the eBook version we recently released through Amazon is the only reprint in existence.

That eBook is also included as part of a new mini-package available here for just $29. It includes high resolutions versions of all the illustrated pages, including the frontispiece, plus both a PDF version of the book and the eBook. The images are licensed for reprint with limited rights. The package can be ordered in our ONLINE STORE.

Classic Font: Pyle Gothic

Pyle Gothic is based on lettering designed by Howard Pyle, from his Adventures of Robin Hood and King Arthur and His Knights.  It combines elements of calligraphy and a simulation of primitive printing techniques.The original characters were carved into wood blocks from which the black and white illustrations with captions were printed.

In this new edition we have improved the kerning and spacing and added alternative symbols while preserving the character of the original font. It’s an excellent choice if you want something with an antique look and a lot of rough style.

You can order Pyle Gothic individually as a single font or find it in our Howard Pyle Font and Art Collection. You can try the DEMO version of Pyle Gothic for free. The demo has a limited character set. Or you can ORDER the full version for only $24.



Floral Borders by Margaret Armstrong

Margaret Armstrong was an artist of the early 20th century particularly known for her detailed Art Nouveau decorated book bindings, but she also did outstanding floral illustration as found in her book Western Wild Flowers, or in floral ornamented borders in books like Love Finds a Way by Paul Leicester Ford.

The floral borders are lovely can be  useful for other design purposes, so we’ve collection some of them together into a mini-package for you to use.  They are full-color, high-resolution graphics and the whole package is only $8.  You can ORDER ONLINE now.  Click on the samples below to see more.

Book Cover Designs by Margaret Armstrong

Too often when looking at antique books we concentrate on the contents and ignore the covers, but some book covers are artworks in their own right and cannot be ignored, this is even more true with eBooks which are more and more causing content to be divorced from packaging.

In the early 20th century, before the advent of photographic covers and the common use of dust jackets, there was a renaissance in book cover design and decoration. Artists were hired by major publishers to decorate the covers of high dollar editions by major writers, producing some striking examples of applied art in the Art Nouveau or in some cases Art Deco style.

wwfDesigners began to specialize in these elaborate book covers.  One of the most successful of these was Margaret Armstrong (1867-1944) who designed over 300 covers between 1890 and 1940, about half of them for Scribner’s.  Armstrong’s cover designs were frequently featured on books by Henry Van Dyke and John Greenleaf Whittier, illustrated editions for which she sometime also designed endpapers and title pages, and did some custom lettering.

Armstrong was also an author in her own right,  writing and illustrating books about flowers and her designs are clearly informed by that interest.  She also decorated the covers of her own books, like Western Wild Flowers, shown to the left.

Armstrong’s designs are truly outstanding examples of Art Nouveau and they enhanced any book which they graced and she has left behind a substantial and impressive body of work.

You can find 16 of Margaret Armstrong’s designs here.  For more on antique book cover design see the The Art of American Book Colors blog.  We also offer a collection of floral borders based on Armstrong’s designs.

New Font: Cavegirl Gothic

Cavegirl is inspired by the genre of prehistoric epic films, the most memorable of which is One Million Years BC, starring the voluptuous Raquel Welch clad only in a legendary fur bikini.

The style of the font is typical of the lettering used in the posters and titles for these movies, with a rough and primitive look like letters carved from stone.

It includes two character sets, the standard set and a set of outline versions of all the letters, plus some interesting special characters.

You can try the DEMO version of Cavegirl for free. The demo version has a limited version of the outline character set. Or you can ORDER the full version for only $24.




Floral Fantasy in an Old English Garden by Walter Crane

FFEG3The process of digitizing illustrated works by Walter Crane continues. The latest entry in the collection is Floral Fantasy in an Old English Garden a work somewhat reminiscent of A Flower Wedding featuring a combination of poetry and fanciful illustrations of anthropomorphized flowers which are quite lovely.

FFEG12The lettering of the verses is in a style very similar to our Walter Crane font. The illustrations are subtly colored and the flowers are cleverly incorporated in the art.  We’ve collected all of the illustrations in high resolution format with the colors adjusted and defects edited out. The package includes all the illustrations individually, as well as a handy PDF format recreation of the original book for easy reference.

You can see samples of selected illustrations below – click on any image to enlarge it.   The package with all of the illustrations can be ordered online for just $29. It includes all the lettered and illustrated pages as high resolution graphics suitable for design projects and licensed for your use, plus a full PDF copy of the book itself.   You can find it in our ONLINE STORE

Have You Seen the Font Gallery?

screenWe have an awful lot of fonts. Well over 500 of them and more all the time.  Plus we’re starting a great new discount when you order multiple fonts at the same time…fonts as much at 50% off.

We’ve just updated one of our most useful reference tool, a graphic preview gallery of all hundreds of our new and featured fonts, on one page, with links to larger previews and to purchase every font on the list.

You can see these previews on a dedicated page at FONT GALLERY.

Not only that, but we also have hundreds of our fonts available to preview with our TYPESHOW tool which lets you type in your text and preview it on the screen in any font.

If you’re interested in expanding your font selection these are two great resources you should get familiar with.

Plus, for a limited time we’re running a sale on single fonts.  If you buy 3 or more fonts you can get 20% off with the coupon TROIS.  It you get 6 or more fonts you get 30% off with the coupon SIX.  For 9 or more fonts it’s 40% off with the coupon NEUF.  12 of more and DOUZE will get you 50% off.

You can shop for fonts in our ONLINE STORE.

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