Calligraphy & Penmanship Gift Guide

by Fred Showker

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Favorite Calligraphy Books

Spencerian Penmanship (Theory Book plus five copybooks)

Favorite guides for calligraphy, lettering and illumination

In the mid-1800's, the Spencerian form of penmanship became a standard. An elegant handwriting was much prized. Today, in our computer age, a fine, beautiful, and legible handwriting brings a warm personal touch to our correspondence.
      These books, 5 copybooks and a theory book (available separately or as a set), may be used to introduce cursive writing to second or third graders or to improve the handwriting of older students or adults.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Spencerian Penmanship by Platt Rogers Spencer

Medieval Calligraphy: Its History and Technique

Favorite guides for calligraphy, lettering and illumination

Spirited history and comprehensive instruction manual covers 13 important writing styles (ca. 4th century thru 15th). Fascinating facts about Roman Rustic, Uncial, Carolingian Minuscule, Early Gothic, 8 other styles; all examples beautifully photographed.
      Detailed directions for duplicating medieval techniques with modern tools. 232 illustrations.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Medieval Calligraphy by Marc Drogin

Pen LetteringFavorite guides for calligraphy, lettering and illumination

This is a new edition of the classic introduction to formal calligraphy by one if its foremost teachers. In this book Ann Camp sets out to explain every action in every stage of learning to use the pen, from the making of letters to spacing words, planning and designing a page, and from there to planning a book. For those who teach and wish to refresh their minds on a direct and clear approach, this book will be invaluable, and for those who wish to become proficient in the craft of pen lettering each stage is clearly explained.
      Ann Camp is a well-known professional scribe with fortytwo years of teaching experience. She is a fellow of the Society of Scribes and Illuminators and founded the Digby Stuart calligraphy course which has produced the majority of today's successful applicants for Fellowship of the Society of Scribes and Illuminators.
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The Technique of Copperplate Calligraphy

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The Technique of Copperplate Calligraphy: A Manual and Model Book of the Pointed Pen Method by Gordon Turner is a real bargain for those who are serious about learning.
      Step-by-step instructions for elegant roundhand style ? American version of copperplate. Strokes, hairlines, shading, etc. Pens, inks, papers, more.
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The Universal PenmanFavorite guides for calligraphy, lettering and illumination

This famous treasury of English roundhand calligraphy of 1740 is not only a good workbook for calligraphers -- it's a remarkable source of ideas for all kinds of art.
      Alphabets, decorated pages, scrolls, frames, cupids, and similar material don't just dwell on lettering -- but all kinds of graphics as well.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : The Universal Penman by George Bickham

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