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The Universal Penman (Lettering, Calligraphy, Typography) Paperback – June 1, 1954

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Product Details

  • Series: Lettering, Calligraphy, Typography
  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (June 1, 1954)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486206165
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486206165
  • Product Dimensions: 12.3 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #705,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By H. Sutcliffe on March 15, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is amazing! I bought it for a school project my daughter was working on in school about Colonial America, to show the kind of book people used to write from back then. It is beautiful and the calligraphy is amazing. As a historical item it is definitely worth buying, however, if you are wanting to LEARN how to do it, there are other books that are better. Mastering Copperplate Calligraphy, a Step-by-Step Manual is one good choice.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Juan C. Lopez Alvarenga on August 13, 2008
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This book is a reprint of cooperplate writing from XVIII century.
If you like calligraphy you will enjoy it!
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By anonymous on January 12, 2005
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The "Universal Penman" is an excellent example of 18th century engravings. The engravings are amazing. The talent of the artists inspires both the beginning and advanced student of penmanship.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Clare on July 17, 2014
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As Philip Hofer writes in the forward, "Altogether, there are many reasons why every intelligent person should take a renewed interest in good handwriting." Even if you're not a calligrapher, you should buy this book simply because it is BEAUTIFUL. The work done by George Bickham inside is stunning--both the artwork and calligraphy. Seriously, if you have any interest whatsoever in lettering, you will love this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Reading Angel on May 21, 2014
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The Universal Penman is a wonderful book to pour over when you want to see a variety of flourishes and Copperplate script. If you do any calligraphy, then this book is a great addition to your reference library. You can dissect the examples and see how to incorporate them into your own work. Or you can just admire the sheer beauty of the handwritten word.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By lisa on March 22, 2013
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This Book has the most gorgeous full page examples of various calligraphy. I have gone through it several times and continue to find new ways to scroll and flourish my lettering.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jan Hurst on July 31, 2014
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One of the best resources for pointed pen lettering that exists. Loaned my first copy and had to replace it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jodean S Cooper on January 20, 2014
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I love this book, it's chock full of beautiful classic calligraphy samples. Also lots of gorgeous flourishes to enjoy. Like music for the eye.
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