|This Harper's Bazaar magazine from May 1938 is a bit of a standout. It was one of many Harpers' covers designed by A.M. Cassandre (1901-1968), who had gained considerable fame for his poster design and typography by this time. His surrealistic cover design is a vast contrast to the Victorian era title page and cover designs below, but I wanted to include it in this earthly garden of lettering delights.
|The two separate Alphabet of Flowers books featured here, are childrens' books with paper covers printed from wood engravings and published by Dean & Son in England during the late 19th century. The book below is likely the older of the two books and I would speculate they are handlettered and illustrated by the same person. Both are from the Historical Children's Literature Collection at UW Special Collections Library.
|The Les Fleurs Animées cover and title page win the prize for the most elaborately illustrated lettering for the title. Nature lettering was a very popular practice in Victorian times.
:: The title page is from Vintage Printable, and the cover design from Lourania. I'm happy to feature them together.