In the posts listed below, you will find links to the writing copybooks and penmanship manuals that are available online. You will be able to download most but not all of them, and some may not be complete. Whenever I could, I added a comment on the styles represented in the book as well as some useful information.
I tried to be as exhaustive as I could, but I am sure that some references are missing… As a “pointed pen” person, I probably overlooked books focused on more traditional styles (German books are especially misrepresented here). So please let me know if you’d like me to add or correct anything in these lists.
If you want to know more about copybooks in general, Paul Antonio shared his knowledge about them in this video.
Two smaller bibliographies To help you study the Round Hand and the Italian hand
The Italian hand is the oldest of what we call the “pointed pen styles”. If you’ve seen it, maybe in one of Heather Victoria Held’s beautiful compositions, you’ve probably found it a little strange but full of charms. Did you know that it originated in Italy around the 1560’s, back when they didn’t have any […]
You know I spend a lot of time looking at old copybooks, I love to study these old models and I’d love to help you get better acquainted with old Writing Masters and their works. But because there are so many options in the bibliography section, I thought it would be nice to narrow it […]
March 2021 16th century Italy : ROMANO (Giacomo), Il primo libro di scrivere di Iacomo Romano…, 1589. CURIONE (Ludovico), Folder with loose pages, with no title page…, 1593. Examples of the work of Curione, including a page of manuscript italian hand, although this may not be by the master himself. 17th century Netherlands : VAN SAMBIX (Felix), Untitled […]