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14 Beautifully Lettered Vintage Book Covers
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    Hand lettering makes us feel as if we had somehow traveled in time. As if, in an incomprehensible course of events, we had gone back to days that were less cluttered and busy. Days when design was done with one's hands and an artist could be an artist.

    Fortunately, there is a blooming hand lettering trend that aims to bring these days back. The expressive, unpretentious nature of lettering has brought us relief: the idea that we can once again explore our craft far away from pixel perfection. In this article, we will share 14 beautifully lettered book covers from the late 1800s and early 1900s that will surely inspire your next design project.

    1. The Alphabet of Flowers and Fruit

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    Dean & Son, The Alphabet of Flowers and Fruit: Internet Archive

    2. Wee Tots

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    Amy Blanchard & Ida Waugh, Wee Tots: University of Florida Digital Collections

    3. Soyer’s Shilling Cookery for the People

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    Alexis Soyer, Soyer’s Shilling Cookery for the People: The Foods of England Project

    4. Hey Diddle Diddle

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    McLoughlin Brothers, Hey Diddle Diddle: University of Florida Digital Collections

    5. The Locomobile Book

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    The Locomobile Book, 1909: New York Public Library Digital Collections

    6. The ABC of Animals

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    McLoughlin Bros, The ABC of Animals: University of Florida Digital Collections

    7. What to Draw & How to Draw It

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    E. G. Lutz, What to Draw & How to Draw It: Internet Archive

    8. The Snow Image

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    Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Snow Image: Open Library

    9. Voyages Extraordinaires

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    Jules Verne, Voyages Extraordinaires: Wikimedia Commons

    10. P.T. Barnum's Route Book

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    P.T. Barnum, Route Book: via Keith Tatum on Dribbble

    11. Cinderella

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    George Routledge and Sons, Cinderella: Internet Archive

    12. The Baby's Own Aesop

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    Walter Crane, The Baby's Own Aesop: Internet Archive

    13. 1984

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    George Orwell, 1984: University College London - George Orwell Archives

    14. The Story of Jack and the Giants

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    Richard Doyle, The Story of Jack and the Giants: Internet Archive

    Create your own!

    The amazing designers at Creative Market are constantly creating new tools to make lettering more accessible to all of us, offering wonderful graphic sets, brushes, textures, vectors & fonts. Check out a few of them below:


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