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  • Series: Lettering, Calligraphy, Typography
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; Lettering, Calligraphy, Typography edition (May 8, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486409511
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486409511
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It will make all the difference.
Arlo Ames
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in beginning or learning more about the history and doing copperplate calligraphy. :-)
D. Deutsch
So far it seams to be a Great book and I am very glad I bought it.
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118 of 118 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Derry on September 19, 2003
Format: Paperback
After studying calligraphy through workshops and lessons since 1989, I decided to add Copperplate to my repertoire. I found learning this style requires a whole new "think" on writing: different flexible pen nibs, pen angles, paper slant, stops, bold and hairline strokes, and of course incredible(albeit refined)embellishment. This book holds prime position in my library, is ink-stained and spotted, has pages unbound from overuse, and is the most perfect way to learn this hand as any I have ever seen. Every time I want to use Copperplate on a commission or project, I haul it out to have beside me, to remember all the little specifics that make Copperplate so beautiful. I love this book!
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65 of 65 people found the following review helpful By JimT on January 28, 2001
Format: Paperback
I was looking for a book to explain everything from soup to nuts. This is it. A little history, an equipment guide, and then into the basics. Advanced and commercial techniques are covered also. I highly recommend this book.
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Arlo Ames on July 22, 2006
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I have a number of books on Copperplate. This is the most thorough, and produces the best results. Winters sweats the details, both in the letterforms (which all the books cover), but in the fine details of them, details of posture, help in choosing paper and ink (A real issue when trying to learn copperplate -- the right paper can make all the difference).

Absolutely, if you're trying to learn Copperplate, get a copy of Winters and read it. It will make all the difference.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Li-fan Chen on February 25, 2007
Format: Paperback
First to Eleanor--thank you thank you thank you! For giving me a handwriting style that will last centuries yet.

Ahem... Copperplate hand is beautiful, and instead of having to guess how to go about making it right from a one-page sample, you have a kind and considerate teacher walk you through a complete tutorial in a real-world classroom pace--with every intention of actually passing down this beautiful hand--warts and elegance--all--from her years of experience into your fingers. This text will be your guide to teaching future generations this beautiful hand. I am honored to have found this book and even more honored to have the chance to learn this hand from a true master. I hope you will find it, as I did, that her tone is considerate, experienced, and helpful every step of the way--she made _every_ _word_ _count_. She will never bore you.

At this moment I plan to work on this hand whenever I take notes. I have a Namiki/Pilot Vanishing Point fountain pen, and although the default nib cannot vary stroke width through pressure--it's a hard nib--I have every intention of enjoying the styling of copperplate in my everyday writings. Like any others who have recently rediscovered the pleasure of writing a journal, I am using a fountain pen or a roller ball on a Moleskine brand notepad. There are many blogs and online write-ups helping you get into this fun activity. Check them out. But I realize I need a cursive hand to work on, otherwise my handwriting would remain illegible! But thanks to Ms. Winters--I am saved!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. E. Stearnes on September 21, 2009
Format: Paperback
I used to do Italic Calligraphy but I haven't done anything for 10 years. My son is getting married and asked me to address his wedding invitations. I thought this was a good time to learn Copperplate. This book was great. It tells you everything from what kind of nibs to use (I liked Gillott 303), which type of oblique nib holder to use, ink, holding the pen, posture, what paper to use for practicing (you do need special paper), and letter formation. I followed everything she said and practiced for two weeks to make sure I was comfortable with the letters and the letter connections. The invitations are now addressed and look very professional if I do say so myself. My daughter said it looked like I had been doing Copperplate for years, not weeks. Thanks Eleanor for such a thorough book
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Marine on May 21, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful book that goes into great detail about how to write each letter. The author knows so much about copperplate and she offers great advice and tips. Listen to her advice! Instructions are very easy to follow and I got a really great understanding of writing copperplate. Great for beginners or for those with experience who want to work on technique.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By H. Sutcliffe on March 15, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is wonderful! Mt daughter got interested in calligraphy after a project in school about colonial America. I bought this book for her to try to learn one of the styles of that period. It was a bit much for her, but I became fascinated by it and quickly began to improve my own penmanship. This style of writing is not the easiest form of calligraphy out there, and I wouldn't reccommend it for someone just learning to use a calligraphy pen, but after a little practice holding the pen and some basic calligraphy like unical or roman, an older child or adult will find this a very helpful book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DNel on October 18, 2012
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I have been slowly going through the lessons, so I haven't cimpleted the entire book. What I have done is very easy to follow with excellent examples of the proper forms for making the letters as well as examples of improper letter forms. I would have loved it if the book included a ruled line page for copying and using as guidelines under your parchment. A parchment pack I purchased previously contained a guideline page that I am luckly enough to use. Creating your own guidelines as the author states is tedious, but some may enjoy.
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