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16th Century Alphabet + font by barefootliam-stock 16th Century Alphabet + font by barefootliam-stock
These pictures of letters are from "The Book of Ornamental Alphabets, Ancient and Mediæval" collected and engraved by Freeman Gage Delamotte (1814—1862); published in London by Crosby Lockwood and Co., 1879; the images are out of copyright. They were decorative initials (drop cap letters) in manuscripts originally.

Use the download link for a zip file of the letter images; see my Web site (below) for the font:


Please leave a comment if you download the actual font, or if you use it.

I'm experimenting with uploading some of the image I have scanned for my Web site [link] to deviantart, for the use of people here. These images are all without charge for non-commercial use on DeviantArt.

Please comment on the items you used, wth a link to your work, so others can see what you did. I'll also add your deviation to my favourites.

If you make a print or use the images outside deviantart, you can either (1) go barefoot for a whole day, or (2) use the Donate button on my Web site. Or both :D but in either case let me know what you did.

There are usually higher resolution versions of the images on my Web site, and I have even higher resolution scans (usually 2400dpi) for people who want them, free for use on deviantart, but you have to ask (there's a Comment button by each image on my Website, or send me a note here or as =barefootliam with full details). There's no point uploading huge images here, though, most people just want the smaller ones.

It's a lot of work to scan thousands of images and clean them up carefully, so even though the images are out of copyright, and in fact you can do what you like with them, I ask that you understand I can only provide the images with support from others.

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Tentacled-One Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
I downloaded this to use on a website for a LARP, and I may end up using other pictures from here as well.  As of right now it's not being used in any commercial sense (as it's just a small local game barely making ends meet), but if that changes I will certainly let you know :)   Right now this image is being used on a "pronunciation guide" page, as I needed something related to language/letters/words!

I will happily go barefoot for a day, though it'll probably have to be sometime next week when I DON'T have to walk through the sharp rocks in the parking lot at my daughter's daycare!

Here is the page it's being used on:…
barefootliam-stock Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013   General Artist
Thank you for letting me know!

A barefoot day is optional since it's maybe not commercial, but in any case I know what you mean about the sharp rocks! Takes a lot of practice.

SilverySands Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013
Hey! These look beautiful! BUT why aren't there all 26 letters? o.O 
barefootliam-stock Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013   General Artist
Not all letters were in use in the 16th century - X was only in foreign words and people used VV or UU for W.
annewipf Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Used here: [link] Thank you! :hug:
barefootliam-stock Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013   General Artist
Thanks! A minor note - the text in the book would look a lot better with even word spacing, e.g. if you used left alignment and not justification.

Good luck with the contest!
annewipf Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
Yes, you're right. I used justification when the book wasn't cropped: I cropped the picture in a second time, to give a better impact to the main subject (the model). Now, of course, an alignment will suit better, but if I want to change the text, I must re-tape it (it was distorted to follow the shape of the book, so it is no more considered as a text by GIMP, but as a picture, and I can't change it anymore), and I'm tired to do and redo this picture... :(

Thank you! :D
barefootliam-stock Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013   General Artist
I didn't know you had used the gimp, cool!

Anyway, no problem, I pointed it out here and not on the main picture page so most people won't notice :D

We hope to be able to introduce editable distorted text into GIMP but I think it will be at least another year.
annewipf Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
SniperGirl0907 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
:iconmegustaplz: these could be very handy for extra special pieces :aww:
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