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BICKHAM, George
THE UNIVERSAL PENMAN; OR, THE ART OF WRITING MADE USEFUL TO THE GENTLEMAN AND SCHOLAR, AS WELL AS THE MAN OF BUSINESS
Printed by and sold for the Author, London, 1741. Tall folio (10-1/4" x 16") bound in 19th-century full black morocco leather with gilt floral decorations in the corners and on the spine, raised bands, gilt-lettered red and green morocco spine labels. Complete with an engraved frontispiece by Hubert Gravelot, two engraved title pages, and 212 fine plates of artistic and ornamental calligraphy, many of which contain vignettes, all fully engraved. This work includes specimens by 25 different writing masters--all engraved by Bickham. First issued to subscribers in 52 parts between 1733 and 1741, this title was heavily used by its owners, making complete copies in fine condition very scarce. George Bickham the Elder (1684-1758) was the finest calligraphic engraver of his day. He was also an excellent penman, as 18 of these plates show, but he employed 25 leading writing masters to compose the bulk of this, his best known work, a collection of writing exemplars which helped to popularize the English Round Hand script in the 18th century. Plates 34 and 131 misnumbered. Frontispiece rehinged. Minor marginal soiling to first few and last few leaves, including frontispiece and title page. A handsome, Near Fine example of this lovely book [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Charles Agvent, est. 1987, ABAA, ILAB [Fleetwood, PA, U.S.A.]
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