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Italic Letters: Calligraphy and Handwriting Paperback – June, 1992
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Originally published by Van Nostrand Reinhold in 1984, this revised edition provides for the self-teaching of four italic scripts. The first three--basic italic, formal italic, and chancery italic--are fairly standard calligraphy forms. The fourth style, cursive italic, is designed for use as everyday handwriting. Presented in the authors' previous books, the eight-volume Italic Handwriting Series (Continuing Education Pr., 1986), and Write Now ( LJ 3/1/91), this style was devised to facilitate the transition from printing to cursive writing. The format of this book, with practice space directly below the calligraphic examples (and instructions to use tracing paper), make comparison and correction easy. Recommended for public libraries.
- Joanne K. Hammond, J. Frank Faust Junior H.S. Lib., Chambersburg, Pa.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"For learning the italic hand this may now be the workbook." -- John Neal, John Neal Bookseller, Greensboro, North Carolina
"I really like this book a lot! ...youll end up with a very nice italic hand." -- Jean Heidenreich, Instructor and Professional Calligrapher, North Hennepin Community College, Minneapolis, Minnesota
"Inga and Barbara are truly artists and have designed each page of Italic Letters with... clarity, balance, precision, and beauty." -- Dr. Betty Edwards, Author, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
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This book teaches several italic families of letters: Basic Italic, Formal Italic, Chancery Italic, Cursive Italic, and some variations. The entire book is handwritten in the example lettering that the authors teach. The authors explain posture, paper position, the origins of calligraphy, fountain pens, and other topics related to penmanship. They also explain why many Americans have terrible handwriting. Their explanation fit my personal experience, and clarified why my penmanship was so bad.
To improve my penmanship, I practiced about 15 minutes per day for a couple of weeks, and saw dramatic improvement. To practice, I purchased a Canson Pro Layout Marker Pad (very nice tracing paper) and then traced the letters for 10-15 minutes. It was that easy. An example of my Basic Italic handwriting is attached. This book gave me the results I was seeking.