Decorative Alphabets and Initials edited by Alexander Nesbitt. $15.95 122 pages, black and white. Published by Dover

The Dover Books line of archival imagery is, to me, some of the most beautiful book making in history...the the low price point across their line also makes it one of the most noble. Before the internet, artists used these books as reference guides, or for simple inspiration. They are STILL used this way today...or, as books to simply look at and enjoy for their beauty and window into the visual past. No artist or reader with an interest in visual culture should be without these essential publications.