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.
B3064. Script Lettering For Artists / Thompson B3064. Script Lettering For Artists by Tommy Thompson. 2012. 128pp. 6.14" x 9.21". Paper
The book gives the beginner a thorough, straightforward course of instruction, with advice on virtually every facet of the art of script lettering. In his clear and economical presentation, the author tells you how to hold the pen, how the letters should be slanted, how to "build" the letters out of a few primary strokes, the direction of the pen in inking, and every other step of the process. He also deals with the construction of numerals, the flourish and its basic elements, how to correct mistakes, commercial handwriting, etc and gives a concise introduction to layout and package design. Throughout his account, Thompson stresses materials, tools, and equipment needed and provides exact specifications, brand names, penpoint types and sizes, and the like.
The history of lettering is also briefly sketched, and there are examples from early copybooks, including the work of some of the famous penmen and engravers of history: Bickham, Tompkins, Cocker, Barbedor, and others. In addition, the book offers dozens of illustrations of script work in present-day advertising and packaging, together with samples of various styles (round hand, bâtarde, coulée, free style, and more). All this illustrative material furnishes excellent models for study and practice.
B4054. Copperplate Calligraphy / Jackson B4054. Copperplate Calligraphy by Dick Jackson. (1979) 2015. 8.5"x11". 96pp. Paper
Long out of print, this guide to Copperplate Calligraphy is considered one of the best books devoted to Copperplate. Contains very detailed and rigid instructions. Covers the basic strokes of Copperplate, followed by letter-by-letter instruction (numbers too!). Guide sheets are provided. A historical introduction traces the growth of Copperplate from its roots in the French ronde of the seventeenth century to its adaptation by English clerks into their copybooks, and the development of the style known as English Round Hand.
B4161. All That Glisters / CLAS All that Glisters. 2012. 100pp. 7.5"x7.5". Paper
This beautiful catalog of CLAS’s Living Letters IV exhibition features a juried selection of 96 works from nearly 60 scribes, including multiple works from Paul Eccles, Gaynor Goffe, Marlene Gray, David Harris, Dee Howley Gibbs, Lin Kerr, Susie Leiper, Linda Lewis, Patricia Lovett, Marion McKenzie, Janet Mehigan, Margaret Morgan, Timothy Noad, Mary Noble, Nancy Ouchida-Howells,Tom Perkins, Jan Pickett, Katharina Pieper, Alan Quincey, Jan Sambell, Cathy Staples, and Jan Turner. The works follow the title theme using gold leaf and color and/or text that refers to gold, the sun, light, and the like. There are both traditional and contemporary pieces and done with pens, brushes, and chisels.
B3345. Real Pen Work / Knowles & Maxim B3345. Real Pen Work: Self-Instructor Manual in Penmanship (1881) by Knowles & Maxim. 2003 reprint. 64pp, with CD. 11"x8.5". Paper
Facsimilie reproduction of the original edition.
A nice reproduction of a manual that has stroke and alphabet instruction for Spencerian Script in a larger format that most. The large off-hand flourishing section has a page of bird parts for practice and then an assortment of birds as well as a fish, an eagle, swans, a lion, stags, horses, busts of babies and adults, and a fan. Includes a CD of all the images in PDF, JPEG and TIF formats.-
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). Any orders placed for it will be put on backorder. Your card will not be charged, and you will be contacted before a copy would be sent. (Note: PayPal charges you immediately when you place any order, so please email email@example.com if you want to get on the list for this book.)
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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.