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The Universal Penman by George Bickham. Available in the Guild Library
First published in 1915 by Ross F. George, The Speedball Textbook is the superlative resource for artists and letterers of all ages and skill levels. A celebration of the 105th year anniversary of the first edition’s debut, the 25th edition of The Speedball Textbook represents the vision of new co-editors Suzanne Cunningham, Carl Rohrs & Sachin Shah and boasts a diversity of technique and instruction unmatched in quality, including over 25 pages of enhanced pointed pen content! Information and availability on Speedball website March 2021
George Bickham the Elder (1684–1758) was an English writing master and engraver. The Universal Penman is “212 pages done by a number of English master penmen of the 1700s, all engraved by Bickham. Shows a variety of Copperplate hands in a variety of sizes. Much non-pictorial flourishing. This is not an instructional manual, but for the study of letterforms this is the best historical source book”. johnnealbooks.com. Available in the CAGT library.