10 copybooks to study when you’re learning the Italian Hand
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Loan Nguyen
Loan Nguyen
9 months ago

Thanks so much for this post. I stumbled the Italian Hand and was wondering how the style changed from Velde to Heather Held. I find the script quite informal and even though it very old, the informality seems modern somehow.

Sybille van Zuylen
Sybille
Reply to  Loan Nguyen
9 months ago

Thanks for the comment and appreciation ! Yes, I agree with you that Italian hand somehow has some modern aspects to it. The hand did evolve quite a lot over time because its “rules” are a bit looser than those of the later English Round Hand… As it can be a very cursive style (all letters are attached to one another) there are lots of possibilities for personalization. Velde’s style was typical of Dutch early 17th century and Heather’s style is more inspired by English masters, mostly of the late 17th and early 18th century. In my opinion, modern calligrapy… Read more »

Danieli Rosa
Danieli Rosa
8 months ago

Hello. Thanks for sharing all this information. The book from Lucas Materot from the link is not complete. There is a copy in archive.org that shows a page between pages 23 and 25 with lots of minuscules. I am amazed by this script and I am going to start studying it.

Sybille van Zuylen
Sybille
Reply to  Danieli Rosa
8 months ago

Hi Dina,
Thank you for your comment. Yes, there sometimes are other versions of these books online, and I try to choose the one that offers the best quality of images. Thank you for bringing this one to my attention. In comparison, the link I provide has 3 pages that are not in the archive.org copy, but there’s this page you mention that is missing. All of the surviving copies of these books have these kinds of differences. I will add the archive.org link.

Last edited 8 months ago by Sybille van Zuylen
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