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B145. The Zanerian Manual.
B152. Ornate Pictorial Calligraphy by E. A. Lupfer.

Oblique Penholder: An oblique penholder with an adjustable metal flange (if possible). Choices currently available from Paper & Ink Arts are the Century Oblique (H51, H52), the Zanerian Style (H59), and The Hourglass Adjustable Oblique Holder.
Nibs: The Leonardt Principal (N120) is the best currently available nib. Any of the vintage nibs such as the Gillott Principality, 604EF, or Zanerian Fine Writer, will also do.
Ink: McCaffery's Penman's Ink (I37) black, blue or red violet, Tom Norton's Walnut Draw¬ing Ink (I53). These inks work straight out of the bottle. Inks like Higgins Eternal (I70) can be used but do not produce as fine a hairline.
Paper: My personal recommendation for practice (P25) is Kodak's Ultimate 24 pound paper. I also use preprinted guidelines for practice, which may be downloaded and printed out from:
Misc: A pencil, lint free tissue paper, newspaper for cushion sheets, a small sponge, water, inkwell or small glass jar, X-Acto blade (S621, S662) and a soft Revlon-style make up brush for remov¬ing the gold leaf flash from gilded letters. Additional resource: The Zanerian Manual.
Materials fee: $25 for Dr Vitolo's spiral bound 90 page instructional booklet Script in the Copperplate Style on his approach to teaching Copperplate script and his insights into letterform construction, including a CD rom of instructional videos on Copperplate script. An additional $10 to cover gilding materials used in Copperplate II.

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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B152. Ornate Pictorial Calligraphy / Lupfer
Ornate Pictorial Calligraphy By E.A. Lupfer. (1951) 1982. 78pp. 8"x11". Paper.

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.

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H51. Century Oblique Penholder
Century Oblique Holder

These gorgeous turned wood pen holders have a metal flange. They are made to hold the Nikko G and similar sized nibs. They can be adjusted with needle nosed pliers to fit other nibs. Wood Penholder. Wood color varies.

If you would like to purchase a holder that is fitted for a different sized nib, please see item number H53.

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N120. Leonardt Principal EF Nib
N120.EF Principal Nib

You can now purchase a modern nib that is equal to the best of the vintage nibs. Brian Walker, a respected pointed pen enthusiast, has worked with a pen manufacturer to duplicate the quality and performance of the legendary Gillott No 1 Principality. The new nib has received rave reviews for both Copperplate and Spencerian. It’s flexible and responsive and gives fine hairlines, but is smooth-writing and catches the paper less.

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I53-2.5. Walnut Drawing Ink
I53-2.5. Tom Norton's Walnut (Color) Ink

A rich sepia ink.Thin with water to create a wash. For brush or dip pen. Already liquid. Non-waterproof (but not suitable for fountain pens).
70ml , 2.36 oz.

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I08. Higgins Eternal Ink
I08. Higgins Eternal Ink.

A non-waterproof, carbon black ink for dip pens. Our most popular ink for classes. Recommended for copperplate (add a few drops of gum arabic). Perhaps the best ink for calligraphy for a beginner; it will cause the beginner the fewest problems. This ink will bleed more readily than other inks. If bleeding is a problem try Sumi Inks. 2.5 oz.

Quantity discounts start at 6 & 12.

"For broad-pen writing, I add gouache to Higgins Eternal. Gouache gives Eternal some needed body. It doesn't necessarily have to be black gouache. Indigo or a dark red add an interesting hue to the result. In a quarter ounce of Eternal, I add about a 3/8 inch bead of gouache from a tube. Eternal doesn't give me the hairlines I want in pointed pen work, so for that I much prefer iron gall or walnut ink". - Bob Hurford

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H59. Zanerian Oblique Pen Holder / Century
Century Zanerian Oblique Pen Holder

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Beautiful Zanerian-style penholder, hand-turned. Metal oblique arm holds nib. 5.75" (Short).

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