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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Walter Crane’s “The Three Sirens”

Walter Crane’s “The Three Sirens”

We’ve been working for a while on putting together a package based on The Three Sirens a classic illustrated poem written, lettered and illuminated by legendary arts and crafts master Walter Crane. Not only did Crane hand letter and illustrate every page of his poem but he also printed and bound it in a very limited edition himself. This is …


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An April Fools Mess

We had a lovely plan for April Fools Day. We were going to make the whole site hard to read by putting it in our new (forthcoming) Walter Crane Handscript font as a promotion for our forthcoming package based on “The Three Sirens” but cruel fate mocked us and made us the butt of her April Fools joke. As we …


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Walter Crane’s <i>The Golden Primer</i>

Walter Crane’s The Golden Primer

Illustrated books teaching young children how to read were a staple of 19th century education, and Walter Crane was famous for his alphabet books as well as books like The Golden Primer which were designed to teach vocabulary to slightly older children through the use of rhymes and images. The Golden Primer is one of Crane’s harder to find works. …


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Columbia’s Courtship by Walter Crane

Columbia’s Courtship by Walter Crane

As 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.


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Kindle eBooks Store

Kindle eBooks Store

We have a growing collection of eBooks available on Amazon, including both facsimile reprints of classic art books and also some game books which we published back in the 80s and 90s. You’ll find some very cool items there at very reasonable prices. Note that these eBooks are also available direct from us as part of appropriate packages, but you can also order them as stand alone items through Amazon.


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<i>Little Queen Anne</i> by Walter Crane

Little Queen Anne by Walter Crane

As we wait for the site upgrade to be complete, we’re still working on various project and here is the latest. A collection of 24 images from Little Queen Anne, a short illustrated poem by Walter Crane featuring whimsical images and verse linked to a nursery rhyme theme. All 24 images are available in a high resolution package for just …


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Walter Crane’s Calendar

In January of 1891 Little Folks Magazine published a special feature of a calendar designed and illustrated by Walter Crane with accompanying verses by his eldest daughter Beatrice. Each of the 12 panels has a figurative depiction of the month, a decorated initial and a topical verse. In style they are rather reminiscent of other Crane Works of the same …


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Walter Crane Collections Guide

Walter Crane was the outstanding artist and designer of the Arts and Crafts movement in England. We are doing our best to acquire his complete library of works and make it available digitally.


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Special Item: Walter Crane Collection Flash Drive

For TypeCon we produced a special collection of Walter Crane Fonts and Art on a Flash Drive shaped like a business card. We have some of these left over after the event and nothing to do with them except sell them as a special item on our web page. The package contains five original Walter Crane fonts, including one new …


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More from Typecon

I’m back at Typecon and things are in full swing now. There was a long but fascinating keynote presentation from Tobias Frere-Jones last night on type as security in banknotes. It was the main entertainment for the evening and went on an on for a bit. I actually had to cut out before I could ask my question – “Why …


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Walter Crane: Aladdin’s Picture Book

Walter Crane produced a series of small pamphlets in the 1890s based on popular fairy tales, done in large format with 6 pages of illustrations and about an equal number of pages of text. They were rather like the 19th century equivalent of comic books, in the same vein as what Howard Pyle was doing across the Atlantic at the …


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