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Wednesday, 7 June 2006
The St. John's Bible
Topic: Calligraphy
The St. John's Bible is a major artistic, cultural and spiritual endeavor. It is the first handwritten and illuminated Bible commissioned since the invention of the printing press. Significant in size and scope, The St. John's Bible will be bound in seven magnificent volumes comprising nearly 1,100 pages, each measuring approximately 16 by 24 inches. The translation is the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) -- chosen for its theological rigor and wide acceptance by major Christian churches. The imagery is as diverse as Navajo basket-weaving patterns, microscopic views of viruses, and cosmological images from the Hubble Space telescope. Read more at Monastery Greetings

posted by niblog at 00:01 MEST
Friday, 28 April 2006
Arabic calligraphy
Topic: Calligraphy
An interesting article on disputes amongst different schools of Arabic calligraphy. (via microsoft typography)

posted by niblog at 07:13 MEST
Saturday, 25 March 2006
Christopher Haanes
Topic: Calligraphy
Christopher Haanes -- Norwegian calligrapher. New site and blog.

posted by niblog at 09:26 CET
Monday, 30 January 2006
Mark Simonson Lettering
Topic: Calligraphy
Mark Simonson put together this little sampler of his lettering work.

posted by niblog at 00:05 CET
Monday, 9 January 2006
Gaskell's Compendium of Forms
Topic: Calligraphy
Gaskell's Compendium of Forms -- Social, Educational, Legal and Commercial. Penmanship, Correspondence, Etiquette, Poetry. -- "George A. Gaskell (1844-1885) was one of the most famous calligraphers in America. Gaskell's Complete Compendium of Elegant Writing (1873) was a bestseller, with over 250,000 copies sold in ten years. It inspired a whole generation of penmanship students, many of whom became prominent calligraphers later on (Louis Madarasz, for example). Gaskell was also the author of The Penman's Hand-Book (1883), another excellent calligraphy manual, and he was the editor of what was almost certainly the first monthly journal dedicated to calligraphy and penmanship. [Note: However, Gaskell was perhaps most famous as the author/compiler of a book called Gaskell's Compendium of Forms, Educational, Social, Legal and Commercial -- a massive tome on etiquette, etc., that no self-respecting Victorian gentleman or lady could do without reading.]"

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Monday, 2 January 2006
Penmanship - the art of writing via loops and links
Topic: Calligraphy
Penmanship machine from the 1950's for sale on eBay. "This is antique penmanship machine that is from the 1950's. It is made of cardboard and wooden knobs that when you turn them you can see the item that you are spelling and the correct penmanship of how its written. Very cool vintage item. The item was made by Mastercraft Toy Company in New York."
Auction ends 3.Jan.2006. View eBay item #6025195223. (I am not bidding on this auction and I don't know the seller.)

»Search eBay for penmanship

posted by niblog at 09:18 CET
Sunday, 1 January 2006
Happy New Year
Topic: Calligraphy
A Happy New Year -- Pen Drawing and Design by Samuel E. Bartow, The American Penman, January 1932, Vol.49, Number Five, page 139

posted by niblog at 22:23 CET
Saturday, 10 September 2005
Rare penmanship books online
Topic: Calligraphy has made an excellent collection of rare penmanship books available for viewing online. You will find the links at the bottom of the lessons page at: (via Calligraphy Exchange)

posted by niblog at 08:45 MEST
Sunday, 29 May 2005
Calligraphy and artwork by Rosemary Buczek of The Gilded Quill
Topic: Calligraphy
Rosemary Buczek's site The Gilded Quill is updated. (via the Ornamental Penmanship Group)

posted by niblog at 00:01 MEST
Updated: Sunday, 29 May 2005 08:16 MEST
Tuesday, 24 May 2005
NYPL Digital Gallery
Topic: Calligraphy
NYPL Digital Gallery is The New York Public Library's new image database, developed to provide free and open online access to thousands of images from the original and rare holdings of the Research Libraries. I found this colored woodcut: An illustration of writing brushes, ID:1221632, when I searched for 'Writing materials'.

posted by niblog at 00:01 MEST
Updated: Tuesday, 24 May 2005 06:52 MEST
Monday, 28 February 2005
CAP&Design - March 2005 - Swedish Magazine
Topic: Calligraphy
The Swedish magazine Cap&Design writes about my calligraphic book cover design in the latest issue, No.2, March 2005, page 59. (not online)

View samples of my calligraphy at

"CAP&Design is owned by IDG. The editorial focus is: Tips, tests and inspiration for graphic designers. The publication's readers include graphic and web designers, advertising agencies, printing houses and publishers."

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posted by niblog at 00:00 CET
Updated: Monday, 28 February 2005 00:04 CET
Tuesday, 8 February 2005
American System of Vertical Writing
Topic: Calligraphy
American System of Vertical Writing - Four pages leaflet about The American System of Vertical Writing, American Book Co., 1894. From "Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850-1920". (A project of The Digital Scriptorium and the John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History; Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library; Duke University , Durham, NC.) (Database Number: A0566 )

posted by niblog at 07:34 CET
Monday, 31 January 2005
A. N. Palmer, handwriting expert, standing outdoors
Topic: Calligraphy
Half-length portrait of A. N. Palmer, handwriting expert, standing outside a building in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Palmer developed a new method of handwriting that was adopted by the board of education for instruction in Chicago schools.

Notes This photonegative taken by a Chicago Daily News photographer may have been published in the newspaper.

Created/Published 12.Oct.1910 (Cite as: DN-0056081, Chicago Daily News negatives collection, Chicago Historical Society.)

I found the image while searching for "handwriting" in the American Memory site from the Library of Congress.

View a larger image on
More about A.N. Palmer in The American Penman

posted by niblog at 00:04 CET
Tuesday, 25 January 2005
Five hundred dollars in fines for poor handwriting
Topic: Calligraphy
Poor handwriting may result in fines - "Doctors with chicken scratch for handwriting who write illegible prescriptions could face discipline and up to $500 in fines per episode under a bill endorsed Thursday by the House Judiciary Committee."
 The panel voted 16-2 to send an amended version of House Bill 254, by Rep. Chris Harris, D-Bozeman, to the House floor for debate. Read the article by Charles S. Johnson, Helena, Montana in the Billings Gazette, 21.Jan.2005. (link via Kate Gladstone)

posted by niblog at 03:15 CET
Saturday, 22 January 2005
Calligraphic Society of Arizona - Artists and Inspirational sites
Topic: Calligraphy
Calligraphic Society of Arizona has changed it's url to The've upgraded the site and added links. (via Cyberscribes 9.nov.2004)

»Visit these links for inspiration

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Saturday, 22 January 2005 00:35 CET
Monday, 17 January 2005
Calligrapher Tom Gourdie died 6. January 2005
Topic: Calligraphy
Thomas Gourdie MBE; born May 18, 1913, died January 6, 2005. "If Tom Gourdie had a mission in life, it was to make the world write -- to produce writing styles that possessed clarity and fluidity, that were legible and a delight to the eye. In his 92nd year, he was Scotland's doyen of calligraphy and grand old man of handwriting..."

»Obituary by Gordon Casely in the Glasgow Herald 14.Jan.2005.
»Obituary by Alasdair Steven in The Scotsman 12.Jan.2005.

Recommended book:
Calligraphy for the Beginner, Tom Gourdie, Taplinger, 1981. ISBN 0800811887

posted by niblog at 00:02 CET
Updated: Sunday, 6 March 2005 23:37 CET
Wednesday, 22 December 2004
Great Penmanship on eBay
Topic: Calligraphy
C P Zaner business card and other great samples of ornamental penmanship from the Zanerian College of Penmanship are sold on eBay by Del Tysdal in Glyndon, Minnesota. Search eBay for Ornamental Penmanship (Auctions ends 28-30 Dec.2004)

»More about Ornamental Penmanship on my E.A. Lupfer page

posted by niblog at 18:46 CET
Updated: Saturday, 25 December 2004 19:46 CET
Tuesday, 21 December 2004
IAMPETH - The International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting
Topic: Calligraphy
IAMPETH is an international association of over 400 members strong dedicated to practicing and preserving the beautiful art of fine penmanship. Founded in 1949, it is the oldest and largest penmanship organization in the United States. Download the Penman's Journal, Fall 2003 (pdf 6.8MB).
Read more on the Official Homepage of IAMPETH

posted by niblog at 00:49 CET
Monday, 20 December 2004
Bound & Lettered (formerly Tabellae Ansatae)
Topic: Calligraphy
Bound & Lettered (formerly Tabellae Ansatae) provides practical information on bookbinding, calligraphy, artists' books, and papercraft. This quarterly publication features how-to articles with step-by-step instructions and illustrations, artist galleries featuring the works of accomplished calligraphers & books artists, useful articles on tools & materials and book & exhibit reviews. Download Sample Issue Vol.3, No.2 (pdf 5.5MB) from John Neal Bookseller

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Tuesday, 21 December 2004 00:54 CET
Sunday, 19 December 2004
Ornamental Penmanship on eBay auctions
Topic: Calligraphy
Fancy signature cards and other great samples of original pen and ink ornamental penmanship from the Zanerian College of Penmanship are sold on eBay by Del Tysdal in Glyndon, Minnesota. Search eBay for Ornamental Penmanship (Auctions ends 20.Dec.2004)

»More about Ornamental Penmanship on my E.A. Lupfer page

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Sunday, 19 December 2004 21:43 CET

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