Scribes And Sources. Handbook Of The Chancery Hand In The Sixteenth Century.
Faber and Faber.
8vo. 7.25 x 10 inches. 290 pp. Bound in original maroon cloth, gilt, with gilt block on front board, in pictorial dust wrapper. A fine copy. Illustrated by frontispiece and 21 plates (one half page only), paginated in text and by text figures. Decorated by endpiece vignettes. With the invention of printing, the writing master, or teacher of penmanship, was able to disseminate his knowledge through the publication of writing books. Scribes and Sources, edited by Dr Arthur Sidney Osley (1917-1887), writer on calligraphy and palaeography, provides translations of all the basic texts in a single volume, with a detailed biographical and technical commentary. It includes, by Berthold Wolpe (1905-89), a chapter on John de Beauchesne (c.1538-1620), a French Huguenot emigrant to England, who co-authored the first writing manual in English in 1570.
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