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


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! 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 excessive and florid, but masterful, in the style of the period. He is quite modest in his language and does not spend any time disparaging the work of rivals! 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" Wing folio ZW 645 .C6348