One in a set of drop cap letter images, this fancy letter A image is surrounded by vines and flowers.
You can find the rest of the letters in this set here: B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, M, O, Q, R, S, T and W.
Publishers back in the 1850s relied upon print foundries for fancy letters like theses from Anecdotes for Boys. Entertaining Narratives and Anecdotes Illustrative of Principles of Character. They were sold like movable type and could be inserted into the presses. Gould and Lincoln most likely used the letters in this set in that fashion. The author of the book was Harvey Newcomb.
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