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Victorian Typography Caligraphy Penmanship Folk Art Ornament Letter Hand Writing For Sale

Victorian Typography Caligraphy Penmanship Folk Art Ornament Letter Hand Writing

This sale is for an original 1867 FIRST EDITION of "WILLIAMS AND PACKARD'S GEMS OF PENMANSHIP" by John D. Williams and S.S. Packard, published by D. Appleton & Co. Publishers, New York. THE GOLDEN AGE OF ORNAMENTAL PENMANSHIP!

In the years following the death of Platt Rogers Spencer, a number of his former students continued their mentor's efforts in promoting the Spencerian System of Writing. Post-Civil War America was experiencing an unprecedented growth in commerce and industry. Thousands of veterans returning from the battlefields sought employment, and new job opportunities suddenly appeared in the fields of business, manufacturing and education. It was an active period of economic growth, and skilled penmen were in great demand to record all transactions of what became known as "mercantile pursuits."

As ornamental penmanship grew in popularity, an increasing number of penmen took delight in creating highly embellished capital letters, flourishes and bird designs. During the closing decades of the nineteenth century great interest was shown in artistic writing, and through the inspirational teaching of such brilliantinstructors asWilliams & Packards, amongst others.By so doing, they influenced countless thousands of aspiring penmen, and set the standards for the very best that writing and the penmen's art could be.


With the increased use of ornamental penmanship in business, a natural market was created for a source of the supplies necessary to the penman. Several magazines devoted to the penmanship profession were published. Penholders were also prominently advertised by many penmen, but none were more prized than those made by Oscar Magnusson. Entirely crafted by hand, his holders featured exotic woods inlaid with ivory, and were perfectly balanced. Today, Magnusson penholders are true collectors items.

Regarding the subject of ink, the favorite writing fluids of the day were Korean Ink, (the choice of master penman Louis Madarasz) Arnold's Japan Ink, and Higgins Eternal Ink. This last variety, originated by Charles Higgins, is still available today and remains the preferred pre-bottled ink for ornamental writing. As noted earlier, many books and pamphlets were also printed that boasted the "finest examples of penmanship" The New Spencerian Compendium of Penmanship (1879), authored by the five sons of Platt Rogers Spencer; Gems of Penmanship (1866) by Silas Packard and John Williams; and Gaskell's Compendium of Penmanship (1883) were some of the most significant publications. One particular book became more famous for its title page than its contents.This slender volume featured Spencerian script from the New Spencerian Compendium of Penmanship and off-hand flourishing from Gems of Penmanship as exemplars, and advocated a trace-and-copy method of practice.

This volume is Beautifully illustrated, with a charming testimonial from a student.This comprehensive book offers appeal to various art fields such as: the art of engraving, Business Writing, in addition to Off-hand Flourishing, Lettering, and Pen Drawings.

It serves as a lovely instruction manual and a very interesting piece of handwriting history; excellent for anyone who homes school. Students can at least learn of the rich heritage of America's golden age of penmanship throughout these beautiful pages and be able to create keepsakes of their own. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the year 1829, John D. Williams was known as one of the finest Offhand Flourishing penmen who ever lived! As with many of the master penmen, he showed an interest in handwriting from his early childhood, and this manifested itself in the discipline of offhand flourishing. Mr. Williams first gained prominence through the advertising of Peter Duff, proprietor of Duff's Commercial College in Pittsburgh, in whose employ the young penman was for a number of years. It was during this tenure that John D. Williams is given credit for originating many of the flourishing designs since attempted by penmen. In 1866 he produced a great quantity of remarkable flourishes, and with Mr. Silas Packard (yet another great penman from the past), published Packard and Williams' Gems of Penmanship. In later years, he gave much attention to the preparation of his work for engraving in future publications. He died at the age of 42 in January 1871.
In this age of advanced technology where computers have taken over the field, I'm sure one can agree that handwriting has now become a lost art. This book helps how to recreate that graceful script of old. In fact, this book was designed to be a self teaching aid, and it states by following the simple instructions, even for those who might not find that handwriting comes natural to, should be able to write in a beautiful elegant hand in an incredibly short amount of time.This book is accompanied by many delightful illustrations throughout, reminiscent of the Victorian Era. These authors stressed the importance of proper posture followed by scales for slants, analysis of capital and small letters, sample alphabets, and Spencerian scripts. Published in 1867, this bookis in GOOD CONDITION for its age; especially to be 146 YEARS OLD! ALL PAGES ARE PRESENT ANDFIRMLY BOUND! The pages are un-numbered however, this book is complete! The interior is overall neat, however, the expected wear can be found with something of this age, such as: some foxing/blemishing that is present, usage to the pages, all typical for something of this age. The original cloth cover shows thinness of clothwith some areas lacking cloth. A small stain appears on the upper edge. The corner boards have wear as well.Overall, this is an nice, presentable edition that is easy to use and is enjoyable to follow. Both hinges have been neatly reinforced with book binders tape, offering further preservation of this classic book for further use and instruction. A previous ownership name isfound on the front interior board.The name and address of Edmond Parsloe, Jr. of Brooklyn, NY is notated with a date of 1870. According to the Brooklyn Genealogy records, Edmond marriedHarriet Nash on 8/3/1855 in New York City. Perhaps he was one of those aspiring workers who utilized this type of penmanship in his business.The original hardboundcoverhas a nicely gilttitle on the front cover. Pictures have been provided below for your personal review. This volume measures 9 3/4" X 12". These books, on international book sites, go for hundreds of dollars. This is EXTREMELYRARE! At this time, there currently are none to be foundthat are available for sale! These books hold greatvalue. Just a glance of this book, you will seewhy! We are offering ours with . GET IT WHILE YOU CAN! GOOD LUCK!!!

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