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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.

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May 14, 2019

A useful tool for reference when practising the art of lettering.

Mar 05, 2013

Gorgeous as well as an interesting historical documentation of script and engraving. Definitely getting my own copy.

Nov 10, 2010

An indispensable guide to superior penmanship and both a joy (when making progress) and a nightmare of frustration (when failing miserably) to follow in practice.

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