Letter C Design

letter c designThis free vintage drop cap image is at least 127 years old. It was included in a book about Japanese fairy tales that was published in 1887. Ozawa was the listed illustrator but I have seen letters designed like this one in other works and suspect it is the work of a print foundry.

It’s rare to find such a complete set of print foundry letters and ones that scanned this well. There are 18 letters in all –  A, C, DEFGIKLMOPQSTVW and Y.  They have all been resized to approximately 1.5 inches by 3 inches and have had light editing.

This letter C design has a dark letter C with an outline. The C appears to be tangles in vines and leaves. At the bottom of the letter design is a single, blooming flower.

This image is copyright free and in the public domain anywhere that extends copyrights 70 years after death or at least 120 years after publication when the original illustrator is unknown.