looking for ABCs--but not for kids
December 31, 2009 6:50 AM   Subscribe

Please help me find a wonderful alphabet poster or print!

I'm looking for a poster or print (framed or unframed) that shows an ancient alphabet--or any alphabet that uses characters that are different from the standard English ABCs. NOT looking for different fonts of our standard ABCs--I'm looking for completely different characters. Also NOT looking for a typical whimsical children's alphabet poster --this is for a wall in my home library. I remember seeing one years ago that I loved that showed ancient Egyptian characters--by the time I saved enough money to purchase it, it was no longer available. Any ideas out there? Googling hasn't helped me. Thanks, and Happy New Year to all!
posted by bookmammal to Media & Arts (9 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Non-whimsical Arabic alphabet posters can be found in the Etsy shop of Waafia. They're colorful though. I get the feeling that you want something austere so I'm not sure this is suitable.
posted by sciencegeek at 7:14 AM on December 31, 2009

I'll take a closer look at these, sciencegeek--thank you!

Colorful is fine! I'm just not looking for something really kid-like--such as an adorable duck next to the letter D. (perfect for a kids room--just not for my library!)
posted by bookmammal at 7:27 AM on December 31, 2009

I've always loved Edward Gorey's "The Gashlycrumb Tinies"

"A is for Amy who fell down the stairs. B is for Basil assaulted by bears. C is for Clara who wasted away. D is for Desmond thrown out of a sleigh..."
posted by Epsilon-minus semi moron at 7:44 AM on December 31, 2009 [1 favorite]

er Gastlycrumb
posted by Epsilon-minus semi moron at 7:45 AM on December 31, 2009

Funnily enough, I've been hunting for an alphabet I like for the nursery, and I came across these oddly classified posters (Japanois and Orientaux) that might work for you. I have no idea why they show up under "children's education" on Allposters.com, since they're obviously more adult in style. Anyway, I have no idea if they might suit your library, but I thought they were worth pointing out.
posted by katie at 7:47 AM on December 31, 2009 [1 favorite]

Oh, and two more by the same artist: Tartares and Egiptien. I think it would be cool to get at least two or three of these gathered on one wall.
posted by katie at 8:04 AM on December 31, 2009

Epsilon-minus, see also the Hans Holbein Alphabet of Death. Here's a hieroglyphic alphabet. I like this 1900 poster of the Welsh alphabet, myself.
posted by MonkeyToes at 8:14 AM on December 31, 2009

Here is a list of alphabet posters that I put together on one of those (slightly embarrassing) product collating sites a while ago. These tend more toward ABC posters, but they might give you some ideas.
posted by sciencegeek at 8:53 AM on December 31, 2009 [1 favorite]

Some hieroglyphic alphabet posters:

1 (ebay), 2 (ebay), 3 (pricey, also available elsewhere), 4 (mini version of 3), 5, 6, 7, 8 (only 8"x12"), 9 (the Fabric Wall Hanging and the Hieroglyphic Alphabet Poster, which is a smaller version of 1).
posted by sentient at 2:05 PM on December 31, 2009

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