calligraphy, lettering, type design, letter carving, sign writing, pixel pushing, etc

Class Materials

Various items for students to download... An unlocking password may be necessary! High-resolution manuscript images are for personal and academic use only. Please do not redistribute, but cite this folder and share the link! Thanks!

2018 Medieval Letters and Tools of the Scribe Workshop handout (PDF) v02

Updated Workshop handout for this class. You will need the password to view this file!

14th C Scroll BM Egerton 2849 Part II, tituli 18 to 23.jpg

14th C Scroll egerton_ms_2849!2_f001r.jpg

Gothic Ms Morgan Library

Gothic MS Rabbit & Crane ca 1400 France.jpg

Harvard Cataneo Ms 2017-07-18 at 13.30.06.jpg

Nicolete Gray - Baildon (1590)

Nicolete Gray - Beauchesne (1590)

Ramsey Psalter Harley MS 2904 Full Resolution f05r .jpg

Ramsey Psalter Harley MS 2904 f10r

Ramsey Psalter Harley MS 2904 f10r.jpg

Rustic Mauscule Vatican Pal Lat 1631 Vergilius Palatinus.jpg

St Cuthbert Uncial-f019v BL Add MS 89000.jpg

Newberry Library — Edward Cocker's 1664 "Guide to Penmanship" Excerpts

The link is to my Google Photos album, my photos taken at the Newberry Library in Chicago. Please do cite this page on lettering.com as the source, if you repost or use my photos!

Please see my photos, taken at the Newberry Library Special Collections (Google Photos Album)

Title Page: "The guide to penmanship. A copy book containing sundry examples of secretary, text, Roman, Italian court and chancery hands. With extraordinary rules and directions for making, holding & managing the pen, and for the exact and speedie writing of every hand"
Newberry Library Wing folio ZW 645 .C6348

The Writing Book of Edward Cocker, 17th C English writing master, of particular interest for the text at the end, explaining the choice of a Pen Knife and the cutting of a Quill for different purposes.

Cocker's lettering and pen illustrations are generally florid, but masterful, in the style of the period.
Still, he is quite modest in his language and does not spend any time disparaging the work of rivals!

For more see my Google Photos album.

From his final advice to the scholar of penmanship:

9. Move your Hand and Pen swiftly above the Paper, imagining that done on the Paper which you propose to do, whether Strokes, Letters, Knots &c. and when your Fancy works so strongly as to the perfect form and manner of what you intend, as that you could almost think it done, then put Pen to Paper, and with a bold free motion, do it indeed.