Walter Crane’s <i>A Flower Wedding</i>

Walter Crane’s A Flower Wedding

One of the most interesting items in our extensive collection of Walter Crane illustrated books is Crane’s 1905 work A Flower Wedding, an original poem illustrated with 39 decorative full-page plates. The concept of the work is that each of the wedding guests represents a flower and is depicted with that flower incorporated in the illustration. The illustrations are detailed …


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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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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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<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’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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2014 Font and Art Sampler

At the start of every year we put out a special sampler package of the fonts and art which we released or revised in the previous year at a very low introductory price. It’s a great way to try out some of our products. Now it’s time to release the sampler for 2014, with a great selection of recent font …


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Floral Fantasy in an Old English Garden by Walter Crane

The process of digitizing illustrated works by Walter Crane continues. The latest entry in the collection is Floral Fantasy in an Old English Garden a work somewhat reminiscent of A Flower Wedding featuring a combination of poetry and fanciful illustrations of anthropomorphized flowers which are quite lovely. The lettering of the verses is in a style very similar to 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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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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