About Us

About Us

Since 1981 John Neal, Bookseller has supplied calligraphers, lettering artists, illuminators, bookbinders, type and papercraft enthusiasts worldwide with books, tools, and materials. We previously published Letter Arts Review, a full-color journal on the lettering arts, and Bound & Lettered, a quarterly magazine on making books and making letters.

CALLIGRAPHY & ILLUMINATION: We stock all the basic items for beginners plus an extensive range of calligraphy tools and supplies for both broad-edged calligraphy and pointed-pen work (Copperplate, Spencerian, Modern), including pen nibs, penholders, inks and paints, calligraphy pens and brush markers, ruling pens, fountain pens, guidelines, and light pads - and so much more.

You'll find hard-to-locate calligraphy supplies such as Brause and Mitchell Nibs, oblique pen holders, gum sandarac, gum ammoniac, prepared vellum, ruling pens for calligraphy, and pointed nibs from France, Germany, Japan, and the USA. We stock a selection of good books (and videos) on calligraphy, illumination, pointed pen scripts, and more.

For the illuminator, we also stock gold leaf, burnishers, gesso, and a variety of sizes for flat and raised gilding, among other items.

BOOKBINDING: We stock basic bookbinding supplies, such as bookbinding needles, linen thread, and bone folders, as well as instructional books on bookbinding and ones about artists' books.

PAPERCRAFT: You will find books on making greeting cards, envelopes, and pop-ups; paper marbling and other decoration; papermaking, and paper cutting.
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Our regular hours are 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Central Time Monday - Friday. During those hours, a person will answer the phone and take your order or answer your questions.

During other hours and holidays, you can leave a voicemail message with your order or a call-back request.

Of course, johnnealbooks.com is always open. Place an order, request a catalog, or check out our product help section.

John Neal Books is a print catalog and eCommerce company. We moved our shipping and operations to Nashville, TN in May 2022.
You can visit the retail location at 113 Graylynn Dr, Nashville TN, 37214 from 10am-4pm (CT), Monday through Friday.

Orders are processed and usually shipped the same business day.

We are closed for the following holidays:
  • New Year's Eve and New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday
  • Christmas Eve and Christmas Day