Huge thank you to my friend, Skeen, who shared these images with me. There are other sites out there with them, but I wanted to share for a bit too. I love art, writing, and architecture. This pulls them all in together. Very cool!

In Bologna, Italy in 1839, decorative artist Antonio Basoli published a fantastic set of lithographs for his book, Alfabeto Pittorico (Pictorial Alphabet, or a collection of pictorial thoughts composed of objects beginning with the individual letters of the alphabet). His elaborate architectural drawings of twenty-four letters of the alphabet and one ampersand (sorry J & W), became later known as Basoli’s Alphabet.

If you look closely at the & sign, after the Z, you will see all of the letters of the Antonio Basoli’s Alfabeto Pittorico listed in the curves of the &. They were never included in the Antonio Basoli Alphabet city.
The original Latin alphabet was:
A B C D E F Z H I K L M N O P Q R S T V X

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