Books on various styles of penmanship, arranged chrono­logically by style.

Penmanship of the XVI, XVII, and XVIIIth Centuries. A series of typical examples from English and foreign writing books selected by Lewis F. Day. London: B. T. Batsford. [No date, but from the printing style about 1900. Misdated as 1789 by the librarian, because that is the date of the example in the frontispiece.]

Lo presente libro insegna la vera arte de lo excellente scriuere de diuerse varie sorti de litere le quali se fano per geometrica ragione. & con la presente opera ognuno le potra stampare e impochi  giorni per lo amaistramento, ragione, & essempli, come qui sequente vederai. [Giovanniantonio Tagliente.] 1547. —Examples of all sorts of elegant writing, from simple and legible chancery script to swooshing flourishes that seem meant to conceal rather than ornament the letters. Many complete alphabets.

Arte subtilissima, por la qual se enseña a escreuir perfectamente. Hecho y experimentado, y agora de nuevo añadido por Iuan de Yciar Vizcayno. Año 1553. —A marvelous collection of engraved plates by Juan de Icíar (as the librarian spells his name) showing various styles of elegant penmanship.

Exemplaire pour bien et proprement escrire la lettre française. Contenant plusieurs beaux quatrains composés, la plus part, par un grand personnage de ce siècle à l'imitation de Phocylide et autres anciens doctes grecs. Avec les premières et principales reigles d'arithmétique. Livre premier. A Lyon. Par Antoine Gryphius. 1579. —Includes a very useful printed alphabet with ligatures and abbreviations, as well as quatrains (typeset to resemble contemporary handwriting) to copy on the ruled paper provided.

[Examples of the chancery hand, engraved]. Title page missing; credited by the librarian to Scipione Leone, Giovanni Paolo Biancho, and Paolo de Enocho, 1598. —Beautiful sixteenth-century scripts, with example alphabets and exercises.

Deliciae Variarum insigniumque scripturarum, Autor Joanne Veldio [Jan van de Velde], scriptore celeberrimo. Ghedruckt t’Amsterdam bÿ Willem Jansz., 1604-1605. —Mottoes in various languages, French the most common, with increasingly elaborate flourishes.

La vera Regola dello scriviere. Utile à giovani. [Credited by the librarian to Agostino Tensini.] Si vende in Bassano al Negozio Remondini, [1680]. An excellent scan of a book on penmanship that teaches a very attractive and legible Italian hand of the seventeenth century, with numerous elaborate scribbly flourishes worked into allegorical pictures.

An Analysis of Penmanship, together with a projection of the Text Alphabet, by J. Hill, W. M. London: J. Souter, 1821.

Principles of Penmanship; or, Rules for the Attainment of Elegant and Expeditious Writing. Illustrated by appropriate examples. By W. D. Prior. London: Printed for the Author, 1842. —A small pamphlet illustrating an elegant hand and giving a few suggestions for writing position and so on.

Penmanship, Theoretical and Practical, Illustrated and Explained. By B. F. Foster. London: Souter and Law, School Library, 1843. —Unfortunately most of the examples in the back are completely illegible in this scan.

My First School Book to Teach Me Reading and Writing. By Walter MacLeod. London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1853. —The writing is taught (somewhat unusually) by means of a script type font, as in the example above.

The Payson, Dunton, & Scribner Manual of Penmanship. 1873. —A very elegant Victorian hand, with many slate exercises.

Penmanship. A guide to good handwriting, for civil service, commercial, legal, and general purposes. By C. H. Mitchell. London: F. Pitman, 1882.

Complete Manual of Commercial Penmanship. Copiously illustrated. By Clarence E. Spayd. Boston: Educational Publishing Company, 1893. —The preface above is a good sample of the style of writing taught in this book.

Public School Penmanship: A Manual for Teachers. By Albert W. Clark. Boston: Ginn and Company, 1909. —Illustrated with photographs of proper writing positions, this book is designed to teach teachers how to teach penmanship.

Lessons in Ornamental Penmanship by C. P. Zaner. Columbus: Zaner & Bloser Company, 1920.

The Hausam System of Plain Penmanship, complete, by L. H. Hausam. Topeka: Capper Printing Co., 1923.

The Zanerian Manual of Alphabets and Engrossing. An instructor in roundhand, lettering, engrossing, designing, pen and brush art, etc. Columbus: The Zaner-Bloser Co., 1924.

Perry & Co's. Monthly Illustrated Price Current, 1882. —A collection of monthly catalogues of stationery, writing implements, and novelties, illustrated with innumerable engravings.