Calligraphers are interested in a range of publications that support their lettering creativity and/or lettering interests. Here you will find literary, musical, artistic, or reference materials (such as books, manuscripts, recordings, or films) kept for use but not for sale or a collection of publications on the same subject.

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  • Mastering Copperplate Calligraphy: A Step-by-Step Manual by Eleanor Winters. Available in the Guild Library
  • The Universal Penman by George Bickham. Available in the Guild Library


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”. Available in the CAGT library.