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The Technique of Copperplate Calligraphy: A Manual and Model Book of the Pointed Pen Method (Lettering, Calligraphy, Typography) Paperback – December 1, 1987

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About the Author

Gordon Turner is the author of No Country for White Men and The Book of Devin. He writes a column on happenings and books for The Castlegar Citizen newspaper and teaches creative writing at Selkirk College in British Columbia.
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Product Details

  • Series: Lettering, Calligraphy, Typography
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; Probable First Edition -- no additional printings edition (December 1, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486255123
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486255125
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #330,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love using this book for several reasons. The entire text is gracefully handwritten in Copperplate by this Master Penman. He has a very beautiful, elegant style and technically impressive nib control.

The book was published in 1987 and the author born in 1915, at the tail end of the `old-world', when Spencerian and Copperplate scripts were more widely practiced and enjoyed. I like the fact that he must have been about 70 years old when he prepared this work, making his steady hand, smooth and fluid hairlines all the more notable.

An aspect I particularly value and enjoy is that, unlike some Copperplate books where every stroke is absolutely perfect, this work is presented unretouched. As such it is far more 'human' and shows me what I can realistically aspire to.

Elegant, very useful, great value for money, highly recommended!
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This book is good for the price. The examples could be better. I've seen great examples from other teachers. It is worth the money invested and a good, starter for people who want to learn copperplate or engrosser's script.
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If you're trying to learn Copperplate calligraphy, I don't recommend this as your first book. Instead, Eleanor Winters' Mastering Copperplate Calligraphy is a much better tool for self-study. However, once you master the material in Winters' book, you might find the Technique of Copperplate Calligraphy to be a good source for additional examples of letter forms, especially capitals.
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This book explains the technique of copperplate calligraphy and is written in the copperplate style. It calls for a pointed pen. The technique consists of straight and curved strokes, capitals, and numerals.
Techniques as copperplate are especially important in producing cursive, lettering certificates, or addressng evelope. It is essential in being a well-rounded calligrapher.
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This is more of a booklet than a book, and yet it is packed with plenty of good information about getting started with copperplate calligraphy. I believe it may be the perfect primer, as it explains the proper angle, various strokes and gives examples of three to six versions for each capital letter. The text, which is written in copperplate script, gives explains proper technique and tips to achieve success without a lot of extraneous babble or lessons in calligraphy history. It's straight to the point and easy to understand. Implementing the technique is not going to be as easy.
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The book is just what I wanted. I can see I'm going to have to put in hours of practice, but I expected that. At least now I have an excellent guide. Book arrived quickly and in good condition.
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this book about calligraphy technique is exactly what I was looking for. it was recommended by my instructor and I can definitely see why!
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