Cologny-Geneve: Foundation Martin Bodmer, 1977. 8vo. paper-covered boards. 104, (2) pages. First edition. List of autographed manuscripts from the collection of Martin Bodmer at the Bodleian Library in Oxford. Separated into British writers, American writers, Miscellanea, and John Augustine Daly. Several facsimile of manuscripts interspersed. Indexed. READ MORE
In Eighteenth Century
London: H. Overton, 1743. folio. later quarter leather with paper covered boards. Engraved frontispiece followed by 212 engraved plates. First edition, issue number iii of the imprint as noted by Heal in his English Writing Masters (p.172). (Bonacini no.208; Peabody Catalogue no.116). Issued in 52 parts between 1733 and 1741 though no separate parts were ever found according to Heal. Some incomplete sets were made up from parts before the completion of the work. All... READ MORE
Cambridge: The Harvard College Library, 1997. small 4to. stiff paper wrappers. xxiii, (i), 127+(1) pages. Printed in an edition limited to 2500 copies at The Stinehour Press. This catalogue describes the collection of printed manuals for the teaching of lettering and handwriting acquired by Philip Hofer for the Harvard College Library. Included are all of the pre-1800 printed writing manuals given or bequeathed by Hofer to the Department and all of those purchased by him... READ MORE
Caledonia: Italimuse, 1963. 4to. paper wrappers. Introduction by P.W. Filby. 100 plates. From the library of John Carter, bearing his autograph signature and occasional markings throughout. Loosely inserted is a cutting of Carter's review from the Times Literary Supplement in which the exhibition is described as "the most ambitious, if concise, account yet offered of the development of penmanship in the United States." Very light soiling to covers. READ MORE
With a Preface by Alfred Fairbank.
New York: Pentalic Corporation, (1965). 4to. stiff paper wrappers. 38 pages of description followed by 240 full page plates. With a Preface by Alfred Fairbank. Reprint of the second edition. Covers soiled and partially detached from book block. READ MORE
Inventada por el Insigne Maestro Pedro Diaz Morante, e Ilustrada con Muestras nuevas, y varios discursos conducentes al verdadero Magisterio de Primeras Letras
Madrid: Antonio de Sancha, 1776. small folio. modern wrappers. (iv) xxviii, 136 pages. Inventada por el Insigne Maestro Pedro Diaz Morante, e Ilustrada con Muestras nuevas, y varios discursos conducentes al verdadero Magisterio de Primeras Letras. First edition. Forty engraved plates of calligraphic specimens. "Influential text, the result of a commission to design a more efficient national script." (Harvard/Becker 141. Bonacini 1353; Berlin 5248; Cotarelo y Mori II, 145; Palau 210612, 299945). Includes engraved additional... READ MORE
London, England: n.p., n.d., (c.1844). oblong 4to. quarter leather, marbled paper covered boards, gilt panels on spine, leather tips. I-XXX. DNB XIX, 939-40. Thomas Tomkins (1743-1816), noted for his "boldness of design, inexhaustible variety, and elegant freedom," operated a writing school on Foster Lane, Cheapside, London. According to DNB, the edition of 1777 is the first of four calligraphic works published by Tomkins. Lacking 10 out of 40 plates for a total of 30 plates... READ MORE
With an introduction by Hermann Zapf, Appreciation by Paul Standard, and Catalogue by Renee Weber.
Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University, (1984). small 4to. printed paper wrappers. 64 pages. With an introduction by Hermann Zapf, Appreciation by Paul Standard, and Catalogue by Renee Weber. First edition. Well-illustrated exhibition catalogue including many illustrations in color. READ MORE
Boston: Colonial Society of Massachusetts, 1959. 8vo. cloth. xiii, 77 pages followed by 36 plates. First edition. Detailed bibliographical descriptions of copybooks and a long historical introduction. Covers and pages at beginning and end have faint damp stain. Scarce book. READ MORE
Paris, France: 1763-1770. folio. leaves, some bound, in clamshell box. variously paginated. Text in French. A collection of seven items removed from the text of Diderot's Encycopédie. 1. "Cartonnier et gaufreur en carbon" (Boardmaker and board embosser). Two plates from Volume II (1763). Includes an engraving of a boardmaker's workshop at the top of Plate I. Also includes engraved illustrations of various tools. 2. "Parcheminier" (Parchment maker). Seven plates from Volume VIII (1771). Includes an... READ MORE