To honor my dear, old chap Herman Melville (it's his birthday), here is a century initial from the Ranworth Antiphonal. The image depicts Jonah appearing from the belly of the whale after he had spent three days there.
see site for many more - 1895 - Cusack's freehand ornament. A text book with chapters on elements, principles, and methods of freehand drawing, for the general use of teachers and students . by Armstrong, Charles