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Typographic Exemplars

Initials

16th Century. From an album of excised initials (original source unknown).
This group of initials can be classified as floriated; the backgrounds are composed of various readily identifiable organic elements such as vines or stems, leaves, and flowers. Compare the two "E"s and note how designers in this period used initials to experiment with letterform structure.
Keywords: initials

16th Century | Cary Collection