Paul Woodroffe – Songs from Shakespeare

Paul Woodroffe – Songs from Shakespeare

In the early 20th century there was a real boom in the market for high end books with a corresponding increase in the work of contemporary illustrators. The most famous artist to emerge in this period was Arthur Rackham, but he was joined by many others like William Russell Flint, Eleanor Brickdale and Frank Brangwyn, some of whom were incredibly …


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McMurtrie Historic Borders

McMurtrie Historic Borders

If you liked our Elizabethan Fonts you need some historic borders to go with them and we have just the thing. In the 1920s Douglas C. McMurtrie published a great collection of historic woodcut borders dating from the 15th century to the 19th century. It includes elaborate decorative pieces in a number of styles and includes great examples by William …


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“Old King Cole’s Book of Nursery Rhymes” by Byam Shaw

“Old King Cole’s Book of Nursery Rhymes” by Byam Shaw

Byam Shaw was an outstanding English illustrator of the Victorian period who specialized in classic literature and fairytales. Unlike other popular illustrators of the period he had a bold, muscular style which emphasizes graphic design elements. Artistically he fits with other late-Victorian artists like Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale and William Russell Flint, but he has elements of poster design and the …


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L. E. Wright Borders

Here’s a little something from a more innocent age, a set of three decorative floral borders designed by L. E. Wright for the book Mary’s Garden a collection of nursery rhymes together with explanatory/elaborative stories also by Wright. There are just three borders, so it’s not exactly enough for a package in its own right, so we’re just making them …


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