Willy Pogany Borders and Illustrations from Tisza Tales

Willy Pogany Borders and Illustrations from Tisza Tales

Willy Pogany was a highly regarded early 20th century illustrator. He was born in Hungary and became a naturalized American citizen. In addition to illustrating many books and being one of the outstanding pin-up illustrators of the era, he also did set designs for the Metropolitan Opera and worked as an Artistic Director on early Hollywood films. Pogany is best …


Continue Reading
The Lady of Shalott

The Lady of Shalott

Howard Pyle’s illustrated edition of Tennyson’s Lady of Shalott is probably the single greatest expression of book design in the American arts and crafts movement of the late 19th century. This early Pyle work combines his vivid illustrative style with exceptional decoration and lettering into a modern illuminated masterpiece.


Continue Reading
Charles Robinson – Illustrations for Perrault

Charles Robinson – Illustrations for Perrault

We’re always acquiring classic books illustrated by great artists. One who we’ve recently started adding to our collection is early 20th century illustrator Charles Robinson. Robinson was the brother of illustrator and cartoonist W. H. Robinson and his father and another brother were also illustrators. Robinson is best known for his fairytale illustrations and his illustrations for Alice in Wonderland. …


Continue Reading
Faerie Fonts and Art

Faerie Fonts and Art

Way back in the 1990s we put together a guide page called “Fairy Lands Forlorn” which focused on all the fonts and art we had collected which fit a fairytale theme. Like all things on the web in the 1990s it was not terribly well organized, and although it was popular, we never really did what we should have done with the concept, which is make it into a coherent package of fairy themed fonts and art. Well, now we have!


Continue Reading
<i>English Fairy Tale</i> Illustrations by Herbert Cole

English Fairy Tale Illustrations by Herbert Cole

In the late 19th and early 20th century there was a boom in the popularity of English folklore, particularly in the form of meticulously researched books collecting old stories and preserving them for a modern audience. This included stories from early written sources, chronicles and an oral tradition which was in danger of dying out. Fairy stories, Celtic myths and …


Continue Reading
Rackham Italic in Brian Froud’s <i>Faeries Tales</i>

Rackham Italic in Brian Froud’s Faeries Tales

Venerable fantasy artist Brian Froud has a new book out called Faeries Tales which, unsurprisingly, consists of illustrated stories about different kinds of faeries. It carries on the tradition set by his other books like Trolls, Faeries and The Goblins of Labyrinth providing great illustrations along with fictionalized backstories of the characters. It’s a visual treat and would make a …


Continue Reading
<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 …


Continue Reading

Classic Font: Vasilisa

Vasilisa is based on Russian folk art lettering from the pre-revolutionary period. It is included in our original Russian Fonts and Art package. It is very readable in English but also includes elements of Cyrillic lettering. It is evocative of rural Russian life and fits well with the hand crafted peasant wood work of that period. This new version is …


Continue Reading

Wayland, Wayland, Shoe Me My Mare!

Some while ago we added to our library an early 20th century book called Singing Games for Children which contains a dozen sets of detailed instructions for classic singing and dancing games for children – not the ones we’re familiar with today, but antique games with themes from myth and fairytales. Each game is nicely illustrated with a full-color plate …


Continue Reading