Walter Crane’s <i>The Baby’s Bouquet</i>

Walter Crane’s The Baby’s Bouquet

We’ve done a lot of work with books designed and illustrated by Walter Crane. Two of the first we did were The Baby’s Own Aesop and The Baby’s Opera. Those two are part of a trilogy of small-format children’s books which Crane designed about the same time and the third of that set is The Baby’s Bouquet, which is a …


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Arts and Crafts Borders from the Calendar of Golden Thoughts of 1912

The Calendar of Golden Thoughts was published by Barse and Hopkins printing company in 1911. It was a calendar for the year 1912, but it also served as a sampler of their type, printers ornaments and borders. It had a page for every week and each page featured a different decorative border with an inspiring quote in decorative type with …


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New Holiday Clip-Art Mini Package

This year, as a special holiday offering we’re releasing a mini-package of seasonal clip-art with images based on mortised advertising cuts from the early 1900s. The images are based on printers oranments which would have originally been sold individually as brass plates to be inserted into a typeset page. The seasonal images include lots of Santa images, trees, wreaths, bells, …


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Special Arthur Rackham Mini Package

We’ve been doing an awful lot with Walter Crane recently, but sort of neglecting one of his great contemporaries who has been a mainstay of our collection in the past, Arthur Rackham.  Rackham was arguably the greatest illustrator of his era and certainly one of the highest paid.  He is also certainly the best remembered and most widely imitated today.  …


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Olive Allen’s Tanglewood Tales Illustrated

Our ongoing acquisition of cool little illustrated books has included a lot of small chapbooks of illustrated stories from various sources. We’ve featured some by Katherine Cameron and other artists of the early 20th century before as mini-packages or as inclusions in samplers. We’ve just processed and are making available a new set based on Olive Allen’s illustrations for an …


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In Development: Owen Jones’ Spanish Ballads

We’ve done several previous packages based on designs by Victorian design historian Owen Jones. They include our fantastic Grammar of Ornament package and the new Gray’s Elegy. Our next addition to our selection of Jones design packages is a mammoth undertaking of all of the decorations, initials, emblems and borders in his early illustrated edition of J. G. Lockhart’s Ancient …


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2010 Font and Art Sampler

At the end of every year we put together a special discounted package with samples of what we produced during that year, and now it’s time to release a sampler with some of our best items from 2010, including selected art and featured fonts. 2010 saw the release of some extraordinary fonts and art and this is a chance to …


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Walter Crane: The Hind in the Wood

As we continue development on our collection of material by Arts and Crafts master Walter Crane we get to share little tidbits of the contents before they are released. The latest example is a selection of art from the chapbook The Hind in the Wood, a smaller work than most of the Crane books we’ve been digitizing. The book is …


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The Jugend Tarot Deck

I recently came upon a rare and unexpected discovery in one of my favorite rare book stores, a set of tarot-style playing cards issued as a bonus insert in the 1892 edition of the classic German Art Nouveau magazine Munchner Jugend. The card set was designed by Julius Diez and features woodcut-style images with color highlights in red, green and …


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Arthur Rackham Fonts and Art

Arthur Rackham may be the single best-known book illustrator of the late 19th and early 20th century. In the early 1900s Rackham was in constant demand to illustrate childrens books and fantastic novels in his detailed and meticulous style. Rackham’s most famous illustrations are probably his plates for Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream and his various illustrations for classic English fairytales. …


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Katherine Cameron Ballads

We’ve got all these nice little books by late 19th century childrens book illustrator Katherine Cameron and aren’t really sure what to do with them, so every once in a while, as a bonus treat for our fans, we’re releasing little packages of her quaint illustrations through the website. A few months ago we released a set of her Celtic …


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