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B10. Copperplate: Beyond the Basics -- Book List
C11. Contemporary Pointed Pen -- Book List

Mike will take part in the book signing session/social on Wednesday evening.

For Copperplate, Mike especially recommends The Zanerian Manual of Alphabets and Engrossing. (B145,$39.95) He also recommends using The Zanerian Manual in combination with Mastering Copperplate (B1109, $14.95) by Eleanor Winters.

He recommends these other books for your pointed pen library. The brush lettering books are useful for his Contemporary Pointed Pen class. The pointed brush capital forms in those books can also be written with the flexible pointed pen!
B255. The Universal Penman Engraved by George Bickham. $21.95
B368. Ames Compendium of Practical and Ornamental Penmanship. $7.95
B2476. F. W. Tamblyn's Home Instructor in Penmanship. $24.95
B1816. Learning to Write Spencerian Script. Michael Sull and Debra Rapp. $17.50
B2831. A Passion for the Pen: The Art of Georgina Artigas edited by Brenda Casey Zoby. Retail Price $24.95. $19.95 LMS Special:free set of Artigas note cards with purchase of book.
B1638. Brush Lettering by Reaves & Schulte. $29.95
The Script Letter (Out-of-print)
B2470. An Elegant Hand. William E. Henning.$59.95. JNB Price $57.49
Script and Cursive Alphabets.
Brushstroke and Freestyle Alphabets.

For beautiful (and useful) exemplar alphabet sheets of Mike's Pointed Pen Alphabets, purchase a copy of his portfolio: Pointed Pen Variations (B1851, $19.50). More info soon on his colorful pointed pen alphabet t-shirt!


B11. Copperplate: Beyond the Basics -- Supplies
NEED TO BRING: Basic Tool Kit; pointed pen nibs (e.g., Hunt #101, Gillott #303, Hiro #41, Nikko "G," Leonardt EF Principal or your favorite pointed nib); oblique pen holder; McCaffery's ink; layout or grid paper (with 1/8" squares); 1-2 sheets of quality art paper (e.g., Arches HP, Canson Mi-Teintes, Diploma Parchment); at least one sheet of black or dark colored paper of your choice; protractor or adjustable triangle; gouache (white or Dr. Martin's Bleedproof White, black and 3–4 colors of your choice).

C11. Contemporary Pointed Pen -- Supplies
NEED TO BRING: All of the supplies for B11; straight pen holder.


B145. Zanerian Manual of Alphabets and Engrossing
The Zanerian Manual of Alphabets and Engrossing. 1981. 140pp. 8"x10.5". Spiral.

At present, a reprint of this book is not in the works (as far as we know). You can include the book on your order, and you will be notified of the book's price when/if it is available again.

Click the image for a preview of the book.

The first 21 pages by E.A. Lupfer provide some of the best Copperplate instruction available. He was a master of the hand. Other engrossing alphabets are shown, as well as many examples of engrossed pieces. Revised & reissued at intervals since it was first published as Zanerian Alphabets in 1895. This latest version is printed on glossy paper. The quality of some images is not as good as others.



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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.



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B255. Universal Penman / Bickham
B255 The Universal Penman by George Bickham. (1741) 1954. 212pp. 9"x13.75". Paper.

212 pages done by a number of English master penmen of the 1700s, all engraved by Bickham. Shows a variety of Copperplate hands in a variety of sizes. Much non-pictorial flourishing. This is not an instructional manual, but for the study of letterforms this is the best historical source book.




Your Price $22.95

B2476. FW Tamblyn's Home Instructor Penmanship
FW Tamblyns's Home Instructor in Penmanship
F.W. Tamblyn. 8th ed. 2001. 174pp. 8.5"x5.25". Spiral.

80 pages of instruction on basic script starting with holding the pen and positioning the paper, followed by pages of exercises, letterforms, words, and sentences to copy. Then 33 pages on Artistic Writing (Spencerian) -- instruction on adding the stresses to capitals and appropriate lowercase letters. Smaller sections on Engravers Script, broad-edged
alphabets, off-hand flourishing, engrossing, and diplomas. A great reprint. A highly recommended manual.

Reprints the 7th edition, 1938, with a new foreword and an added biography of Tamblyn.



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B1816. Learning to Write Spencerian/Sull
Learning to Write Spencerian Script
By Michael Sull & Debra Sull. 1993. 75pp. 6.75" x 8.5". Paper.

An instructional manual for Spencerian covering equipment and tools, practice, and extensive instruction on the individual letters, by the man largely responsible for the revival of interest in this traditional American form of penmanship. A companion instructional DVD is also available: DVD12.



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B1638. Brush Lettering / Schulte & Reaves
Brush Lettering. By Eliza Schulte (Holliday) & Marilyn Reaves. 1994 (with some material updated in 2006). 128pp. 8.5"x11". Paper

This complete how-to guide for both chisel edged and pointed brush lettering demonstrates how to use brushes & how to clean and care for them. Model alphabets are provided. Full of examples of brush lettering from a variety of masterful scribes. One of our bestselling titles.




Your Price $29.95

B2470. Elegant Hand / Henning
An Elegant Hand: The Golden Age of American Penmanship and Calligraphy by William E. Henning. Edited by Paul Melzer. 2002. 320pp. 8-1/2"x11". Hardcover.

Chronicles the history of the Golden Age of American penmanship, guiding the reader through the lives and careers of important American penmen beginning with Platt Rogers, Spencer, the Father of American Handwriting, and Spencer’s gifted student, George A. Gaskell, whose books and periodicals reached the hundreds of thousands of students throughout the second half of the 1800s.
Illustrated with more than 400 examples, most from
original specimens.




Your Price $59.95

N77. Hunt 101 Nib
Hunt 101 Imperial.

A very steady and durable nib, the Hunt 101 is a great choice for projects that require larger writing with x-heights above 1/4". It can be used on most paper surfaces, though it can have a tendency to catch on the upstroke when used on a rougher surface. The Hunt 101 requires firm and deliberate pressure to open swells, while its strength and steadiness makes it an ideal selection for student practice. Bronze finish.

For more information about Hunt pointed nibs, click here.



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N72. Gillott 303 Nib
N72. Gillott 303 Pointed Nib.

A popular nib for Copperplate. Good flexibility - not too stiff, not too flexible. Very thin hairlines and good swells. Works for scripts 3/16-1/16". Sharp point but will work on slightly textured surfaces. Tends to catch on upstrokes.





Your Price $1.19

N81. Hiro / Leonardt #40 Nib (Blue Pumpkin)
N81. Hiro / Leonardt #40 Nib (Blue Pumpkin)

The Hiro #40 Nib (Blue Pumpkin) nib no longer has "Hiro" stamped on it; instead it is now stamped "Leonardt."

One of our most popular nibs for Copperplate. Large, durable nib appropriate for writing at x-heights of 3/16" to 1/8". Hairlines are fine and uniform, upstrokes smooth.
Sometimes called Leonard Steno or Manuscript Steno.

The quality of this nib matches the low price. For a higher-quality version of this nib, see N90. Brause Steno Nib.




Your Price $0.75

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