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Joris Loeff
Joris Loeff
1 year ago

Geachte Mevrouw,
Ik hoop dat ik u een vraag mag stellen. Ik heb hulp nodig om bijgaand monogram te ontcijferen. Het staat op een 15e eeuws Vlaams schilderij, maar kan ook een 16e eeuwse toevoeging zijn. Ik zie duidelijk een J, maar is dat een o in de open ruimte of een s ? Ik hoop de geportretteerde te kunnen identificeren. Alvast vriendelijk dank,
Joris Loeff

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Joris Loeff
Joris Loeff
Reply to  Sybille van Zuylen
1 year ago

Thank you very much, I will ask the person you indicated.
Sincerely,
Joris

Roland B
Roland B
1 year ago

Great list, very helpful.
Do you have the list of 16C writing books in Osley Luminaro (1972)
I can send you the list if helpful,
would be nice to include Fanti (1514), and Torniello (1517) as they’re often overlooked.
Also interesting is the first writing book published in England
A Booke Containing Divers Sortes of Hands by Jean de Beauchesne and John Baildon (1570)

Roland B
Roland B
Reply to  Sybille van Zuylen
1 year ago

I would really love to get hold of the Jean de Beauchesne and John Baildon, but Fanti is here https://www.loc.gov/resource/rbc0001.2010rosen0770/?sp=1&st=gallery keep up the great work! x

Roland B
Roland B
Reply to  Sybille van Zuylen
11 months ago

hi, I have scanned the Beauchesne and Baildon book and uploaded here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/194522112@N07/albums/72157720193698418
Its a 1571 printing, Roland

Roland B
Roland B
Reply to  Sybille van Zuylen
11 months ago

I have photographed the expanded 1590 “New Edition” too, I’ll upload it next week 🙂

Lauren Julius Harris
Lauren Julius Harris
7 months ago

Thank you for this outstanding list of books and for your most helpful and incisive comments about each one. I’m a developmental psychologist at Michigan State University, and one of my interests is the development of the neural and social underpinnings of lateral (left-right) differences in skill acquisition, including learning to write. I’ve written previously on the history of this instruction, and books like the ones on this list will, I hope, tell me more about its beginnings in the form of copy-books and manuals on penmanship.

Sybille van Zuylen
Sybille Van Zuylen
Reply to  Lauren Julius Harris
7 months ago

Thank you! Your research sounds extremely interesting! I can’t remember the sources exactly but I think there was no clear bias against left-handedness in copybooks before the 19th century. Of course, it may imply that using the right hand was obvious. One French master even encouraged the use of both hands: one of his sons had lost his right hand in an accident and had had to learn to write with the left hand (I think the master’s name is Bédigis, in the 18th century)… I’ll keep an eye out and let you know if I see anything that may… Read more »

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