Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The book for learning Chancery hand

The First Writing Book: Arrighi's OperinaThe First Writing Book: Arrighi's Operina by John Howard Benson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It is well worth the effort required to locate and acquire a copy of this old book on writing in the Chancery hand. The author was a master carver and calligrapher who translated the first and still widely considered the finest manual of Chancery writing, the "Operina" of Arrighi. While Arrighi's manual is public domain and can be downloaded for free on the internet, Benson's book includes an introduction and translation entirely hand-lettered with copious notes on both the English and Italian versions that add advice on continuing practice. This, this is the one to get.

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