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Gargoyle

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Corso elementare di ornamenti architettonici : ideato e disegnato ad uso de principianti

Numbered plates engraved by Giacomo Mercoli or Ambrogio Barioli
Plates include engraved title leaf and 28 plates numbered I-XXVIII
It's available for free download in lots of formats.

https://archive.org/details/gri_33125013854506
 

vilts

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Archive.org is a superb resource, you can get lost there for hours, if not days...

Here's my little favorite list about ornaments:

There are (at least) 10 volumes of "Materials and Documents of Architecture and Sculpture", here are few:
vol2: https://archive.org/details/materialsdocumen02unse
vol3: https://archive.org/details/materialsdocumen03unse
vol5: https://archive.org/details/materialsdocumen05unse
vol7: https://archive.org/details/materialsdocumen07unse
vol10: https://archive.org/details/materialsdocumen10unse

Theory of spencerian penmanship: https://archive.org/details/TheoryOfSpencerianPenmanship

"Pilgrims of the Rhine", mostly text but some really nice prints in it as well: https://archive.org/details/pilgrimsofrhine00lyttuoft

There's also tons of info about all kinds of technical stuff as well. Ornamental lathes, watchmaking etc etc. Just search for it.

You can also download the PDF/ePub/Kindle/etc, so it's nicer to view on computer/tablet/etc
 

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