Holiday Bonus: Present Labels

Holiday Bonus: Present Labels

As a special holiday gift to our customers we’ve put together a special selection of Christmas present labels using traditional art from our collection. There are 13 labels in PDF format, perfect for printing out and using to label your presents. To download the labels click on the image of a sample label above and to the right and then …


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Walter Crane’s <i>The Shepheard’s Calender</i>

Walter Crane’s The Shepheard’s Calender

Another of Walter Crane’s interesting decorated books is his edition of Edmund Spenser’s epic poem The Shepheard’s Calender. It’s not as well known as Spenser’s The Faerie Queen which Crane also illustrated, but it has excellent illustrations and a particularly outstanding set of emblems with latin mottos which accompany the main illustrations. It also has a great frontispiece, decorative endpapers …


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Eleanore Brickdale’s <i>Carols</i> for Christmas

Eleanore Brickdale’s Carols for Christmas

Eleanore Fortescue Brickdale was a remarkable illustrator who was part of the generation of artists who came after the pre-Raphaelites and took many of their ideas and refined and commercialized them. Brickdale did a lot of illustration on religious themes and was particularly known for her cherubs, angels and images of children. Not surprisingly this meant that she worked on …


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Walter Crane’s Pan Pipes

For years we’ve been adding to what has become an outstanding library of illustrated books by Arts and Crafts era designer Walter Crane, and all that work has come to fruition with the release of selected Walter Crane material in outstanding packages customized for contemporary designers who want to incorporate his unique aesthetic into their work. We started with our …


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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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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 …


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Scriptorium Premieres Kindle Book Series

As you may have noticed, we have been producing complete PDF versions of many of the illustrated books which we use as source material for our collections. A logical next step seemed to be making those complete facsimile editions of classic illustrated books available on Amazon in Kindle format. Some of them are quite rare and are not available from …


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Walter Crane: The Baby’s Own Aesop

We’ve been collecting illustrated books by Arts and Crafts era designer Walter Crane for several years and we’re now reaching the point where we can start to release some of our Crane material in useful packages for contemporary designers who want to incorporate his unique aesthetic into their work. Our first Crane release is a package based on The Baby’s …


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2011 Font and Art Sampler

At the end of every year we put together a special sampler package of releases from that year. This year our 2011 Font and Art Sampler has a particularly excellent collection selected from the many releases we’ve had during the year. It’s the best of the year in one compact package. It starts with a special set of five fonts, …


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Walter Crane on Decorative Pattern

People recognize Walter Crane as a famous book illustrator, but far fewer are aware that he was the philosophical leader of a political movement in the arts in late 19th century Britain, combining aesthetics and socialism and expressing his ideas in his writings promoting the Arts and Crafts movement. Crane’s essays on aesthetics and politics are collected in several books, …


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A Guide to Lettering by Pedro Lemos

In the past we’ve put together several special ebooks on various aspects of design excerpted from Pedro J. Lemos textbook Applied Arts, including one on Bookbinding and another on Color Harmony. Our new addition to that collection is A Guide to Lettering which looks at the history of letters and how to do basic calligraphy and design of letters for …


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Glastonbury Font Featured in St. Alban’s Alumni Magazine

It may not reach our ideal target audience, but there’s something very flattering about having my work covered in a feature article in my high-school’s alumni magazine. A while you may have seen an article about the development of the Glastonbury font back in the fall of 2009. It was a collaborative project which I undertook for my alma mater, …


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