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Does anybody know where I can find these kind of initials or anything similar? I saw them on a Penguin book cover designed by David Pearson.
Hi Jane. Not exactly what you might be looking for but, have a look at Viktor Koens works. He does pretty bizarre but interesting things. You can view his Toyphabet at here.
You might also like Exotica.
Not luscious as the sample, but in the same vein:
Even less luscious:
https://www.youworkforthem.com/product.php?sku=T0622 (font two)
Scriptorium also has some decorative initials.
Thanks guys, I'll check the links out!
Also, have a look at this high resolution letters by Novo Typo
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To answer my own question: the initials are Italian ornamental letters dating from 1839. They can be found in a book by Laurence Scarfe called "Alphabets: An introductory treatise on written and printed letter forms for the use of students".