Kelly writes that this face was shown in 1838 by New York printer/type distributor George Nesbitt, whose only known supplier of wood type designs was Edwin Allen.¹ He adds that the caps-only design originated in France during the 1830s and quickly spread to England and the US.
¹Kelly, R.R. (1977): American Wood Type, 1828–1900|Notes on the Evolution of Decorated and Large Types, pages 38/335. Litton Educational Publishing, Inc./Van Nostrand Reinhold Company (New York 1969). Reprinted by DaCapo Press, Inc. (New York 1977).
²Gray, N. (1938): XIXth Century Ornamented Types and Title Pages, pages 183/199. Faber and Faber Limited, London.
³Solo, D.X. [Editor](1992): The Solotype Catalog of 4,147 Display Typefaces, page 37. Dover Publications, Inc. (Minneola, NY.
In case you’re serious about working on Venetian, I decided to “jump start” the project with the set of super-hi-rez scans I made awhile back. I know you have Kelly’s book and can do it yourself—since I already did this chore, maybe I can save you a step. Check your dropbox folder.