Art Alphabets and Lettering is one of the most sought-after of the many treasuries of designs and alphabets from The Golden Age of Ornamental Penmanship, not only because of the high standards of Bergling’s examples, but because of the wide range of practical applications that he addressed.
In Bergling’s day, the field of artistic writing spanned the work of many specialists: engravers, engrossers, architects, showcard writers, and commercial artists. He took care to consider the appropriate spirit for each kind of communication, ranging all the way from a sober commemoration of a retirement from an insurance company to a playful poster for a college dance.
This book contains all the standard and decorative alphabets, such as Old English, Copperplate Script, along with eccentric and fancy faces, plus examples of them in practical settings. Also included in this new Dover edition is a selection from Bergling’s book “Art Monograms and Letters.”
118 pages, softcover, 8.5 x 11 inches. Original edition published in 1920. Signed by James Gurney