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A COPY-BOOK WRITTEN FOR THE USE OF THE YOUNG-GENTLEMEN AT THE ACADEMY IN GREENWICH. [In the dedication the title reads] THE BOOK OF WRITING, DRAWING AND ANCIENT ARITHMETIC. By Thomas Weston. G. Bickham sculpsit, 1726.
Printed for and sold by Geo: Foster at the White Horse Opposite the North gate in St. Pauls Church Yard, London. 1737 - Oblong folio. 14.75 x 8.75 inches. [27] leaves with verso blank, of which 16 are numbered. Lacks portrait frontispiece (it is possible that it was never inserted in this 1737 version, which may have included a blank leaf, later removed) and right hand half of 3 and 4-5. From the evidence of the type of pages, it is very likely that the missing pages, 4-5, are in fact present after all and have been inserted as the two leaves after 16, where the unnumbered leaves begin. Scripts illustrated by engravings drawn by E. Austin and the author and engraved by G. Bickham. Includes text in Latin, Greek and Hebrew. Bound in original marbled card board, rebacked with contemporary leather. Hand-written paper oval label, Instructions for Writeing, the 'e' being crossed out, on front board. Protected in a recent storage box. Extremities worn, with frayed spine, and some ink stains inside, but otherwise fine condition. A fine, if incomplete, example of an early eighteenth century copybook. It was compiled by Thomas Weston, mathematician and master of the Academy in Greenwich to teach the art of fine handwriting to the young gentlemen students. It demonstrates various scripts, including blackletter, in English and Latin, and displays a number of alphabets, among them Greek and Hebrew. The copybook concludes with Psalm XVIII in Hebrew, Greek, Latin and English. This work was largely engraved either by George Bickham, (1683/4-1758), engraver and writing master, or by his son George Bickham junior (c.1704-1771), who later taught drawing at the Greenwich Academy. Both father and son published a number of important works on calligraphy, including Penmanship, by George Bickham senior, in 1731. The copies in ESTC and COPAC differ from this one in omitting the imprint statement and are dated 1726 from the engraver's details on the title page. This copy appears otherwise identical to those of 1726, but is the only known example with the 1737 imprint. A very scarce educational work. ART REFERENCE CALLIGRAPHY EDUCATION 18TH CENTURY ART REFERENCE
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