B1109. Mastering Copperplate / Winters Mastering Copperplate Calligraphy: A Step-by-Step Manual by Eleanor Winters. 1989. 192pp. 8.25" x 11". Paper.
A self-contained manual for serious students, including beginners. Part One places Copperplate in historical context. Part Two begins with a glossary and detailed information on pens, paper, ink, and other materials. It includes indispensable technical tips, guidelines, how to use the pen, and 99 pages of detailed instruction covering minuscule, capitals, numbers, punctuation, and writing in various sizes. Part Three deals with writing in color and the design and execution of simple projects, such as envelopes and small poems.
B4210. Copperplate Script: A Yin & Yang Approach / Antonio B4210. Copperplate Script: A Yin & Yang Approach by Paul Antonio. 2018. 132pp. 8.5"x11". Spiral-bound .
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Renowned calligrapher Paul Antonio presents his new approach to teaching Copperplate. He explains the structure of the script in detail so you know the hows and whys of the letter shapes. You won’t just copy exemplar letters; you will understand them. And understanding speeds learning and allows mastery.
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B3891. How To Write Copperplate / Ebrahimi How to Write Copperplate by Hamid Reza Ebrahimi. 2010. 40pp English, 28pp Persian (Farsi). 8.5"x11". Paper
A good, thorough, and beautiful introduction to Copperplate script with letter-by-letter instruction and guide sheets. Use the book with Hamid’s online videos for comprehensive instruction. The English text, written in the author’s elegant script, is printed in dark brown on cream colored pages. 8 full-color illustrations. Hamid has taught the script since 1997.
B3948. Modern Calligraphy / Thorpe B3948. Modern Calligraphy by Molly Suber Thorpe. 2013. 192pp. 8.5"x9.5". Paper
Teaches Molly's bold style of Copperplate that looks stylish and fresh, yet still refined. After an overview of supplies, you learn letters, words, then phrases with the clear instructions and exemplars. You then learn how to write with gouache and watercolor and how to digitize your calligraphy for printed items. The 20 projects provide inspiration for weddings, entertainment, and personal stationery. The final section is practical info for the working scribe, including strategies for large-batch projects and hints for left-handers.
B4229. Copperplate Calligraphy Workbook / di Piazza B4229. Copperplate Calligraphy: A Pointed Pen Workbook by Laura di Piazza. 2017. 24pp. 8.5"x11".
Learn or improve your pointed pen calligraphy with this easy-to-use workbook. This workbook contains traditional calligraphy guidelines that include: ascender lines, waistlines, baselines, X-height, descender depth lines and slant lines.
For each of the lowercase letters, capitals, and numbers, this copybook-style workbook provides a model letter with ductus (stroke direction and sequence) in black, letters to trace over in gray, and then space to practice the letter freehand. The letters are presented in alphabetical order. Great for practice in conjunction with other instructional resources.
B3910. Mastering Calligraphy / Godfrey B3910. Mastering Calligraphy: The Complete Guide to Hand Lettering by Gaye Godfrey-Nicholls. 2013. 288pp. 9x10. Hardcover
This elegant book presents historical hands (such as Roman Capitals, Foundational, Uncial, Carolingian, Gothic, Italic); gestural and ruling pen forms; pointed pen alphabets and brush written forms. For each hand, a main alphabet with ductus is paired with variations, and interspersed are profiles of calligraphers and examples of their work that feature the hand. In addition, at the end of each section there is a related gallery (there are over 125 works shown). Chapters cover backgrounds and colors, layout and composition, illumination, digitizing hand lettering, and creating digital forms.
Gaye Godfrey-Nicholls is a professional calligrapher and teacher based in Perth, Australia
B3350. Italic & Copperplate Calligraphy / Winters Italic & Copperplate Calligraphy: The Basics and Beyond by Eleanor Winters. 2011. 229pp. 8-3/8"x11". Paper
Covers letter variations (form, weight and proportions), flourishing and design, commercial and personal calligraphy, and calligraphic writing. The book shows how many principles and applications apply to both hands. Displays the work by many well-known calligraphers, showing their use of Copperplate and Italic. This is an intermediate-level book, but it also contains a good review of the basics.
Eleanor Winters' Mastering Copperplate Calligraphy is a thorough beginner's manual and highly recommended as your first instructional book on this hand. This brand new book builds on the skills you learned with her first book by providing additional Copperplate (and Italic) instruction.
Instructions and examples of pictorial flourishes: quills, birds, swans, etc. Originally published under the title Fascinating Pen Flourishes. Recommend by Heather Held, Michael Sull and others for the many examples (over 150) from a range of master penmen. For many years, this was the best reference in print, and it is still a valuable one.
B2170. Penmanship Made Easy / Bickham B2710. George Bickham's Penmanship Made Easy.
(1773) 1997. 64pp. 5.25"x8". Paper.
Aimed at "Young Practitioners," it begins with a series of hints on forming letters, holding the pen, arm & wrist position, proper posture, etc; followed by a wealth of calligraphic specimens (alphabets, maxims, didactic verses and other words of advice). Republication of Young Clerks Assistant, as published by Richard Ware, London.