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For more resources for learning Spencerian Script, please click on Pointed Pen DVDs, Spencerian and Spencerian Pen Nibs under the Tools & Materials/Calligraphy & Illumination category on the left.

B4174. Spencerian Script & Ornamental Penmanship, V1 / Sull
B4174. Spencerian Script and Ornamental Penmanship, Volume One by Michael Sull. (1989) 2019. 218pp + three guideline sheets. 8.25"x11". Spiral-bound.

Long out of print and virtually unattainable, this prized volume will be available in a new printing. Reserve your copy today! Your credit card won’t be charged until the book ships. Note: for delayed payment with PayPal, email your order to, rather than ordering through our website.

This instructional manual, written by world-renowned master penman Michael Sull, provides thorough instruction in Spencerian Script, covering equipment and tools and providing letter-by-letter instruction for lowercase and capital letters, over seventy-five fully illustrated pages. Sull also discusses early penmanship in America, the advent of the steel pen, and the development of the Spencerian System of penmanship by Platt Rogers Spencer and the Palmer system of handwriting that followed. You learn of the styles of penmanship: Spencerian Script, Ornamental Penmanship, Signature Writing, and Business Writing, as well as a number of novelty scripts. In addition, there is a chapter on the Golden Age of Penmanship that presents the master penman of the past, starting with P.R. Spencer and his descendants and including a penman’s hall of fame that includes, Bloser, Luper, Madarasz, and Zaner.

Chapters: Penmanship in a New Land, Styles of Penmanship, Equipment and Tools, Technique, The Lowercase Letters, The Capital Letters, Signature Writing, The Golden Age of Ornamental Penmanship
Appendices: Patent for Mordan & Brockendon’s Oblique Penholder Design, The Poetry of Platt Rogers Spencer, Frances B. Courtney’s "Lessons in Dashy Writing"
Biographical Profiles: Paul H. O’Hara, Isaac Weldon Bullock, David P. Fairbanks, Michael Sull.

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B4193. Theory of Spencerian Script + Copybooks
B4193 Theory of Spencerian Script by Platt R. Spencer. (1874) 1985. 184pp (total). 7"x8.5". Paper.

This book explains how all the letters can be made gracefully and rapidly using various combinations of a few basic pen strokes. It explains Spencer's philosophy of teaching principles that engage the mind as well as the hand. It also details his methods for teaching classes of children. One of these is having the children write rhythmically, in concert, as the teacher counts. The power of this method is being rediscovered today.

Set contains Theory Book and five copybooks:
Book 1 Introduces all the short letters. Only four strokes, or principles, as Spencer called them, are needed to produce these letters.
Book 2: Adds some of the tall letters - t and d - and the numerals 1-9.
Book 3: Completes the lower case alphabet and introduces most of the capitals.
Book 4: Completes the capital alphabet and provides practice on all the letters as they appear in words.
Book 5: Presents sentences and sayings for writing practice. Examples: Kind words can never die. Promise little and do much.

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