Openinkstand Art & Calligraphy

This gorgeous old used copybook looked rather lonesome on ebay and I just had to rescue it. It is book #7 of the Spencerian copybook published in 1868 by Ivison & Blakeman & Co.

The enthusiastic but (alas) not very gifted owner of this copybook even signed his work: ‘John B. Fuhn, March 13th 1883, Stormy Sunday Eve’. Unfortunately he left the second half of the book unfinished, though he did try out the last page of the book rather prematurely. Then again don’t we all do that?

I like to think he improved very much and went on to live a successful life as a business penman.

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