One of the first books we launched with here last week was J.M. Bergling’s Art Monograms and Lettering - a stunning collection of ornate and simplistic monogram samples for the use of sign painters, engravers, letterers and more. In addition to that book, he also produced this one titled Heraldic Designs and Engravings along with two others – Art Alphabets and Lettering and Ornamental Designs and Illustrations (which is the only one not currently in my collection). This particular piece is an incredible catalog of heraldic design and crests, banner, and more, with a few color plates thrown in. I may very well include this in the next collection even though it’s not explicitly a “lettering book” because it’s an invaluable resource for lettering artists all the same.
Prang’s Standard Alphabets was one of the original books we launched with last week, however the one I made available was the revised edition from 1901. I have just this week obtained an original copy of this beauty which contains a different, but equally stunning title page and completely different contents in the back half of the book consisting of heraldic full color plates as opposed to the full color illuminated initials provided in the last batch. I’ll be providing this at a discounted rate in the near future as I would only be cataloging half of the book being that the other pages are identical in content.
This particular books may never make it into the Lettering Library catalog unfortunately due to it just not being old enough to be legal without consent from the publisher or author – both of which I’m sure will take some doing to track down properly. However, this book provides a hyper-detailed look into a few different lettering styles – Bank Note Roman (which you’ve come to recognize as the “dollar bill” font in the USA), Ancient Roman, Modern Gothic, and Old English. Edward M. Weeks was actually the one who designed the dollar bill along with a good quantity of US postage stamps, and it’s even signed by him. So while it may not be something I can share technically, it’s an interesting little piece of American history. Follow me on Instagram and I’ll post a few pages of it from time to time!