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.
- JBJeff B.Verified BuyerI recommend this productRated 3 stars1 month agoIt all really depends on what you're looking for.
I've thrown a ton of money your way and love most everything you do. how ever, unless this is an updated, higher resolution collection than the last offering you will find a lot of artifacts that obscure the finer details of the images. If you're like me and you're actually interested in hand lettering, not just the fonts themselves then this might not be for you. I found that actual information about lettering was too blurred to provide any real value.Was this helpful?
- JSJR S.Verified BuyerI recommend this productRated 5 stars10 months agoVintage Book Heaven
I followed the above suggestion and did indeed sit with these lovely books and peruse them with a glass of Russell’s Reserve. I have looked at maybe 5 of the books so far, mostly the ones on sign painting and show cards, and these are already worth the price. I am not primarily a lettering artist, but I do love old books and seeing these is like stepping into another era in the best way. There was even a poem about the sacred art of lettering in one of them! I could hardly be more delighted.Was this helpful?
- MJMelle J.Verified BuyerI recommend this productRated 5 stars1 year agoSelf-isolating after catching Lettering Library addiction
Oh. My. Goodness! This resource is one of the best purchases I've ever made. It will take some time to look through all 125 books, which are not only relevant to lettering but also illustration and niche subjects of illustration. Most of the books are from the 1800s and early 1900s, giving loads of examples of authentic vintage craft. Oops - I mean, this is a terrible product and none of my potential competitors should buy it. Shoo!Was this helpful?
- LLaurenVerified BuyerI recommend this productRated 5 stars1 year agoOne Happy Newbie
I've always loved fonts and digital art. I'm so happy that I've stumbled on this site. When I saw the price of this bundle and considered the inspiration I thought, why not? As soon as it downloaded I was so filled with joy! Then clicking through the MANY, MANY beautifully crisp pages of authenticity put me over the moon. I'm so grateful for this resource. Thank you for the sale and if you haven't bought it yet...you're fooling yourself!Was this helpful?
- MMonicaVerified BuyerI do not recommend this productRated 2 stars1 year agoNice selection but I thought they would be scans
A nice selection of lettering books. However, I thought they would be flat high-quality color scans instead of photos. The perspective is off due to page bend which happens with an old open flat book. Some are misaligned, not everything is completely straight.Was this helpful?