Ames' Compendium of Practical and Ornamental Penmanship, Complete in 48 11 x 14 Plates Giving More Than 20 Entire Alphabets with Numerous Designs for Engrossed Resolutions, Testimonials, Certificates, Title-Pages, Monograms, Miscellaneous Designs &c.
Ames, Daniel T.

New York, NY: A.J. Bicknell & Co., 1877. F With 48 leaves, printed one side; collated complete; with a few additional blank sheets bound-in. At back are (2) pages of advertisements, for A.J. Bicknell's publishing company and for Dixon's pencils, with an illustration of their factory. The author's Preface notes that while there were already published many "...excellent and popular works upon Ornamental Penmanship..." yet - "...however excellent they might be to the extent of their limited scope, there was still beyond their horizon a broad unoccupied realm for pen art to explore, and unfold..." With standard letters, ladies' hand, whole arm capitals, exercises for flourishing, Roman alphabets by Thos. W. Millen, Egyptian, Scroll, Spur(r)ed, rustic alphabets; English, German, church text; elaborate monograms, examples of ornate initial letters; ornamental birds, flourishes by Preston, penmanship award examples, designs for albums and cards; specimen examples of exuberantly and decoratively ornate diplomas, certificates, presentations, tokens, resolutions, extracts and more. Several examples taken 'from the actual' and giving the original sizes of the finished commercial artwork for documents by Ames. Front endpaper with the calligraphic previous owner name of C.H. Howell Jamesport L.I. and a couple of laid-in calligraphic scraps along with a printed alphabet example from an unknown source. ED. W. Welcke & Bro. Photo-Lithographers are noted on the title page as the printers. Approx. 10 3/4" x 13 3/4" size; original green cloth hardcover, black-printed & decorated titles & designs, back cover in blind, gilt spine titles, all edges tinted red. Some edge - wear and soiling, tips wear-through to the binding. Front & back endpapers creased; one alphabet-illustrated page with offsetting presumably from an old laid-in item. Contents clean and in very good condition and with excellent examples of the art of late 19th century professional calligraphic work. Very Good Hardcover (Item ID: 25662)


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