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 2023 17th century VAN DEN VELDE (Jan), Manuscript, c.1598. (added : May 2020) A manuscript from the young master, a few years after he won 3rd prize at the “Prix de la Plume Couronnée” (he was 29 at this point). These page give a nice view of the master’s talent before he published his first […]