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Marion Richardson. Writing & Writing Patterns: Specimen Set of Complete
Scheme.
London: University of London, (1954-1955). Complete set of course materials,
in original envelope, boxed. $300.
Complete set of these striking writing patterns, first published in 1935. A pioneer
in English arts education, Richardson taught handwriting by encouraging children
to draw. Her method introduces increasingly complex patterns constructed out of
basic handwriting strokes, paired with examples of literary texts to be copied, from
nursery rhymes in Book I to passages from Shakespeare and Hardy in Book V.
Jan Tschichold (editor). Schatzkammer der Schreibkunst: Meisterwerke der
Kalligraphie aus vier Jahrhunderten auf Zweihundert Tafeln.
Basel: Verlag
Birkhäuser, 1945. Oblong quarto, contemporary full vellum. 199 plates. $1200.
First edition of this survey of four centuries of calligraphy, a presentation copy
inscribed by editor Jan Tschichold, one of the most influential typographers of the
twentieth century. Tschichold compiled the
Schatzkammer
as a source book shortly
before he moved to England, where he pioneered Penguin’s iconic postwar
paperback design. Text in German. Featured calligraphers include Palatino in
sixteenth-century Rome, van denVelde in seventeenth-century Rotterdam, Bickham
in eighteenth-century London, and Stirling in nineteenth-century Barcelona.
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