If you look at the top of the page, you will notice a link to a new page of initials. This is where, as you might guess, we plan to collect decorative initials. The D above is a historiated initial, meaning that it has a picture in it; in this case, the picture is of Phyllis riding Aristotle like a horse, from a well-known medieval story that was fabulously productive of art.
|Description||English: Book decorations by R. R. Weiss (Emil Rudolf Weiß)|
|Source||Max Liebermann (https://archive.org/details/maxliebermann00klei/page/74/mode/2up)|
|Author||Emil Rudolf Weiß|
|Description||English: Ornament from a magazine printed by the Roycroft Press|
|Source||The Fra (https://archive.org/details/lincolnathlete00roge/mode/2up)|
|Author||Unknown (signed “CH”)|
These scalable ornaments can be used at any size. The last one is meant for an initial; place any letter in the empty banner.
|Description||English: Ornament from a 1915 magazine|
|Source||Movie Pictorial (https://archive.org/details/moviepictorial1915-05/page/n17/mode/2up)|
Add any letter in the empty corner to form a decorative initial. This scalable initial can be used at any size.
English: Initial N with the printer presenting his book to Pope Paul II
|Source||Originally from a 1482 edition of Ptolemy’s Cosmographia; reprinted in Early Illustrated Books (https://archive.org/details/earlyillustrated00poll_1/page/38/mode/2up)|