on September 10, 2008
One of Dover's greatest volumes. 227 pages, over 2500 illustrations, gathering 4 complete books on monograms and allied devices published between 1830 and 1881. A great assemblage of 19th century design.
Suitable for historians, print junkies, designers, bibliophiles, taggers, and anyone who found themselves compulsively combining initials on scratch paper when bored in school.
"There are monograms in every two-letter combination and extensive selections of three and four letters; name devices ('Alice,' 'Theodore,' etc.), crowns, crests, coats of arms and helmets. There are heavy, intricately entwined monograms that appear as though engraved on metal; lighter, thick-and-thin script styles; fanciful and formal designs; monograms in circles, ovals, square shapes and free outlines; an immense variety of letter styles, including many designed for the particular device."
My personal favorite is a vigorous and insane frontispiece: a Demengeot monogram of the entire alphabet.
Table of Contents
1. Dicionnaire du Chiffre-monogramme by Ch. Demengeot
2. Monograms and Ciphers by H. Renior
3. New Book of Seven Hundred & Fifty Eight Plain, Ornamented & Reversed Cyphers by F. Knight
4. Monograms in Three and Four Letters by J. Gordon Smith
5. Index of Names and Devices
6. Index of Monograms and Ciphers