Vintage Alphabet and Christmas Books

I’m just crazy about books. Not novels, but books on art, typography, printing, sign painting, design. Old, rare, whatever! Today I’m sharing a gorgeous ornamental Italian alphabet dated 1839 from my first edition ALPHABETS book by Laurence Scarfe. Each letter different in illustration and all printed to beautiful Pepto-pink pages. Click on images for larger JPG versions. These would be so beautiful framed, used for greeting cards, collage, most anything! If you make something with them, I’d love to see it!And, speaking of books…Read my latest post over at SC Johnson’s Family Economics about collecting Christmas books!

Disclosure: I am a compensated blogger for SC Johnson.

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22 Responses to Vintage Alphabet and Christmas Books

  1. #1 - Nell says:

    Omg those are intensely pretty!

  2. #2 - iHanna says:

    Thanks, I just love these, and on pink… Yummy!

  3. #3 - Selena Cate says:

    Those would be beautiful merely framed and placed on the wall of my office. That H is fantastic. Very steampunkish.

  4. #4 - flo says:

    Just to say that you have always so great ideas ! Thanks !

  5. #5 - Bronwyn says:

    Thank you – these are lovely. Does the italian alphabet not have i or w? I thought they were missing but maybe they just don’t use them…I have no italian knowledge at all so please excuse my ignorance. ;)
    My 4 year old daughter loves these so they may make their way to her wall. Thanks again.

  6. ooh lala!! These are beautiful!

  7. #7 - Theresa says:

    These are lovely; thanks for sharing!

  8. #8 - Amanda @ 32* North says:

    Wow, these are great! Funny how the I and J do double duty and the V can become the W.

  9. #9 - Theresa Begin says:

    Thanks, Cathe, I love these! They are so ornate, can’t wait to figure out a fun project to do with them! Thanks again, Theresa.

  10. #10 - Sybille says:

    Fabulous alphabet. Thanks for sharing! :-)

  11. #11 - Christine Laennec says:

    Thanks for the very pretty alphabet. Have you read Simon Garfield’s book Just My Type, all about type faces and their history? Dovegreyreader wrote about it on her blog, if you’re interested: http://dovegreyreader.typepad.com/dovegreyreader_scribbles/2010/11/just-my-type-simon-garfield.html

  12. #12 - Lululiz says:

    I have never seen letters as ornate as these, they are gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing them.

  13. #13 - Darlene says:

    What a treasure you found – I love typography too!!! Thanks so much for sharing.

  14. #14 - Mrs A. says:

    Wow. These letters are fab.Thanks for sharing with us. The Italian alphabet does not contain I or W. They have no words with W so they always have trouble writing our surname when we travel there.

  15. #15 - Laurence says:

    I love this alphabet! Gorgeous. Thanks so much for sharing.

  16. #16 - Jacque Chinnery says:

    Thank you! They are lovely.

  17. #17 - Stacy says:

    I would say the J is missing, not the I. The Italian alphabet would have to have an I in it for them to spell the name of the country so, I looked up the alphabet and it seems they are missing J, K and W. Either way, beautiful pics. I think I may print them for my hallway.

  18. #18 - Cathe Holden says:

    I knew if I stalled long enough my awesome readers would have the intel on the missing letters of this alphabet. Thanks you guys!! I wasn’t sure myself!

  19. #19 - Elaine says:

    These are lovely! Thank you for sharing them.

  20. #20 - jen says:

    These are so gorgeous!

    Also wanted to let you know that I have a giveaway going on my blog…(ends this evening) ;)

  21. #21 - Connie says:

    You are awesome- thank you for sharing all the great material.

  22. #22 - Shelley says:

    Would there be any way to make these individual?