A Digital Library of Vintage Lettering
Achieve a deep and rich knowledge of lettering, sign painting, and typography with the Lettering Library.
This collection of 125 rare lettering books was acquired by lettering artist and graphic designer Jason Carne over many years of searching auction sites, antique shops, and word-of-mouth from fellow artists.
The result is a library of books that cost over $10,000 to build and contains books on a vast array of lettering related subjects including:
- Hand lettering
- Sign painting
- Type design
- And much, much more
Jason has made this collection of books available as PDF files meticulously photographed to preserve these rare books.
Grab yourself a glass of bourbon, your favorite notebook, and open up any of the 125 PDF books in the Lettering Library and immerse yourself in the history and secrets of lettering.
Photographed. Not Scanned.
The Lettering Library is a gigantic download. 4.7 GB to be precise.
This is largely because each book has been carefully photographed, not scanned, so the books don't get damaged.
If you love lettering you get it. You understand why these books have been photographed.
If you're looking for scanned books to save on file size or so you can drop them in Adobe Illustrator and live trace the letters, this isn't for you.
"I bought it within 5 seconds of seeing it (which is faster than I make impulse buys in the chips section of the grocery store). Treat yo self to this invaluable resource OR boyfriends/girlfriends of letterers: buy this for your type-obsessed significant other and win holiday gift giving for life."
"All my design, illustration, type friends... CHECK THIS OUT! Jason Carne has assembled the Avengers of type instruction and cataloging. This is an insane deal and you should check it out! Jason is the real deal."
"Lettering Library is a great source of inspiration for all typography artists and designers."
"Easiest decision I've made all year."
The Lettering Library is a PDF Collection
This is a collection of 125 PDFs created from Jason's collection of authentic vintage lettering books. You are not buying physical books. (Which is actually good because it would take up a ton of space).
Note: The discounted price is based on the cost of these books if you were to purchase them individually from Lettering Library.
[NOTE TO PC USERS]: PC users need to use WinRar to unzip this file.
- NMNoe m.Verified BuyerI recommend this productRated 5 out of 5 stars3 weeks agoMuy bueno
Está muy bien para ponerlo a práctica, Excelente.
- MMindeeVerified BuyerI recommend this productRated 4 out of 5 stars3 weeks agoAmazing Resource but One Drawback
I am so excited to do a deep dive into this amazing collection. I know it's an undertaking to digitize 125 books, especially antique ones. HOWEVER - the way this collection is presented, it gives the impression that the pages are scanned, not photographed. They are photographed on a wooden table top with fingers often showing up in the frame. Fortunately the lighting is even and the focus is good, however, presenting something as a digitized library implies a better presentation format.
Maybe there is a good reason for this sort of digitization but as a former commercial photographer who is experienced both in flat art copy (this) and scanning, I am unsure of one.
- JMJohn M.Verified BuyerI recommend this productRated 5 out of 5 stars3 weeks agoWhat a treasure!!
I am really enjoying the Lettering Library Mega Bundle!! This was a once in a lifetime deal for me since I have been searching for the very books you have offered. I was able to find only a couple of the actual books in your bundle for sale but for $200 to 500 dollars each from private sellers. These books have really inspired me to do more signage for fun and for sale. I had the pleasure of hanging out and learning from VonDutch from 1981 to 1986 at his shop in Santa Paula,CA. He is the one who got me interested in sign painting. I am very thankful for you making these books available. Keep up the wonderful work!! Here are several projects inspired by your bundle.RCRetroSupply Co.3 weeks ago
Thank you for your lovely review of your Lettering Library purchase! We're so glad you're satisfied and that you could find some of the out-of-reach books you were looking for.
Thank you for supporting us, and happy creating!
-The RetroSupply Co. Team
- AWAmanda W.Verified BuyerI recommend this productRated 5 out of 5 stars2 days agoSuch a great resource!
I have been enjoying this library so much. There are so many styles and such a broad time frame represented. Everything from show card and sign lettering to lettering styles from the 1850s I've never seen before. Such a great source of inspiration. The files are pdfs created from images rather than flatbed scans, but all the pages are clear and readable for me so far.RCRetroSupply Co.13 seconds ago
Thank you for your purchase and review of The Lettering Library Mega Bundle! We're so happy to hear you're finding the books inspiring. Thank you for your detailed review and description of the included in material. It will be very useful for others considering it.
Happy creating, and thank you for supporting us!
-The RetroSupply Co. Team
- ARAdam R.Verified BuyerI recommend this productRated 5 out of 5 stars1 week agoLettering Library comments
It's tré cool. The only thing is the files are a little big so it takes a while to scroll through them in Acrobat. If you have a suggestion as to how to scroll through them quicker so I can pick out what I'm looking for faster, that'd be great. If not, I'm good. Love your product. Thanks!