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Universal Penman [Hardcover]

George Bickham


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June 1941 0844647128 978-0844647128

"Very welcome . . . magnificent." — Graphis
"A valuable addition for art directors." — Advertising Age
This is the only complete edition available of one of the most famous and most useful books of commercial art ever printed. George Bickham, a noted engraver and calligrapher, first compiled this work back in the 1740’s, from the best specimens of 24 of the leading calligraphers of his day. Unfortunately, Bickham published his work in 52 separate parts, over a period of eight years. In Bickham’s own day it was difficult to get a complete set of the Universal Penman; today, apart from this edition, it is virtually impossible, for most surviving 18th-century copies lack certain rare plates. This Dover edition, however, contains every plate which Bickham engraved, and each is reproduced from an original so remarkably clear that these modern plates are actually better than most 18th-century originals.
This book contains more than 210 full-page plates, each crammed full of beautiful and interesting material. To list only part of its contents:
• Over 125 pictorial scenes, clear copperplates of drinking scenes, family scenes, commerce, rustic festivities, duels, more.
• Over 200 script pictures, male and female heads, busts, cherubs, griffins, birds, fish, etc.
• 19 complete alphabets: round hand, round text, Old English, florid, foliated, and others.
• 275 lettered specimens, overlaid with fine flourishes, swirls, spirals, featherings, volutes, etc.
• Over 100 panels, frames, cartouches, and other effects
Over 950 lettered specimens, with thousands of words that can be lifted right off for reproduction.
Individual items in this book are permission-free, and may be used (up to ten items per use) without permission, payment, or credit line. Calligraphers find Bickham the best source for English round-handwriting; commercial artists, advertising directors, and designers all find Bickham first-rate as a source for immediately usable pictures and script that suggests antiquity, quality, and reliability. Craftspeople have found it rich in unusual ideas and motifs, while libraries and art historians find it a wonderful collection of 18th-century pictures illustrating art-life.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating! March 15 2008
By H. Sutcliffe - Published on Amazon.com
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Good for calligraphy lovers Aug. 13 2008
By Juan C. Lopez Alvarenga - Published on Amazon.com
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Example of Engrossing Jan. 12 2005
By R. Collom - Published on Amazon.com
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Handwriting May 26 2013
By Joel K. Schooler - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent!!!!!!!!!!!! My son uses this for a guide and has made a habit out of writing me, his mom and all of his friends. We all really like it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome March 22 2013
By lisa - Published on Amazon.com
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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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