Rare Books on
Calligraphy and Penmanship


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Welcome to the IAMPETH Rare Books page. Here you will find classic, vintage books on penmanship and calligraphy from the 1800's and early 1900's - the "Golden Age" of American Penmanship.

Preserved in digital format, we offer them here in their entirety for current and future generations of calligraphers, penmen and pen artists. We hope you enjoy them.

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ADOBE PDF Ames, Daniel T., 1884, Ames' Guide to Self-Instruction in Practical and Artistic Penmanship
ADOBE PDF Ames, Daniel T., The Daniel T. Ames Notebook, A wonderful collection of penmanship from the early 1860’s from one of America’s preeminent penmen and teachers
ADOBE PDF Behrensmeyer, H.P, Lessons in Practical Penmanship
ADOBE PDF Barnett, C.A., J.T. Henderson and J.N. Yocom, 1901, Oberlin Business College - Compendium of Penmanship
ADOBE PDF Bloser, P.Z. (Copies by E.A. Lupfer), 1948, Lessons in Ornamental Penmanship, Copyright © by Zaner-Bloser, Inc. Used with permission.  All rights reserved.
ADOBE PDF Canan/Zanerian College, 1921, C.C. Canan Collection of Penmanship - The Canan Book, Copyright © by Zaner-Bloser, Inc. Used with permission.  All rights reserved.
ADOBE PDF Champion, Mary L., Champion Method of Practical Business Writing
ADOBE PDF Charles, A.A.S., 1983, Steel Pen Trade 1930-1980  Used with permission.  All rights reserved.
  Clark, Clinton H., The Clinton Clark Scrapbook
ADOBE PDF Comer, George and Oliver Linton, 1864, Penmanship Made Easy
ADOBE PDF Courtney, F.B., The Francis B. Courtney Scrapbook, courtesy of Bob Hurford
ADOBE PDF Damm, Carl, 19th Century Swedish Copybook, dated December 9, 1858 and penned by Carl Damm, a tutor, this copybook contains 12 pages of handwritten forms of Copperplate/Engraver's Script. Contributed by Evan Lindquist.
ADOBE PDF D'Avignon, L'écriture Américaine, "Writing American" by D'Avignon, circa 1840
ADOBE PDF Dennis, W.E., 1914, Studies in Pen Art
ADOBE PDF Duncun, John S., 1858, Gems of Penmanship
ADOBE PDF Foster, Benjamin Franklin, 1830, Practical Penmanship Being A Development of the Carstairian System
ADOBE PDF Gaskell, G.A., 1883, Gaskell's Compendium of Forms (the section on writing)
ADOBE PDF Gaskell, G.A., 1879, Gaskell's Complete Compendium of Elegant Writing
ADOBE PDF Huntington, Eleazer, 1821, Art of Penmanship
IAMPETH Scrapbooks - A remarkable collection of Golden Age penmanship
ADOBE PDF Ivison, Blakeman, Taylor and Co., publisher, 1880, Real Pen Work Compendium of Penmanship
ADOBE PDF Jenkins, John, 1813, The Art of Writing
ADOBE PDF Jones, C.W., editor, 1914, Lessons in Engraver's Script
ADOBE PDF Jones, C.W., editor, 1914, Ninety-five Lessons in Ornamental Penmanship
ADOBE PDF Kelchner, L.M., 1901, Complete Compendium of Plain Practical Penmanship
ADOBE PDF Knowles and Maxim, publisher, 1881, Real Pen Work - Self Instructor in Penmanship
ADOBE PDF Madarasz, Louis, Lessons in Advanced Engraver's Script, published by C.W. Jones
ADOBE PDF Madarasz/Zanerian College, 1911, The Madarasz Book - The Secret of the Skill of Madarasz, Copyright © by Zaner-Bloser, Inc. Used with permission.  All rights reserved.
ADOBE PDF McDonald Business Academy, 1894, Penman's Leisure Hour
ADOBE PDF Meyrat, P., circa 1920's, Recueil Méthodique de Principes d' Ecriture ("A Methodical Collection of Principles of Writing"
ADOBE PDF Mills, Edward C., 1903, Modern Business Penmanship
ADOBE PDF Muster Alphabete, circa 1885
ADOBE PDF Noyes, Enoch, 1839, Noyes's Penmanship
ADOBE PDF Palmer, A.N., 1935, The Palmer Method of Business Writing
ADOBE PDF Palmer, A.N., 1919, Palmer's Penmanship Budget
ADOBE PDF Palmer Company, The A.N., Portfolio of Ornate Penmanship
ADOBE PDF Palmer Company, The A.N. 1949, Metodo Palmer de Caligrafia Comercial, Donated by Mauricio Aguilar.  Please visit his website www.VintagePen.net
ADOBE PDF Real Pen-Work Publishing, 1867, Bible Pearls of Promise
ADOBE PDF Spencer Authors, 1874, Theory of Spencerian Penmanship
ADOBE PDF Spencer Brothers, 1881, New Standard Practical Penmanship
ADOBE PDF Spencer, Platt Rogers, Sr., 1866, Compendium of Spencerian or Semi-Angular Penmanship
ADOBE PDF Spencerian Authors, 1879, New Spencerian Compendium
ADOBE PDF Stacy, L.E., 1907 (compiled by), The Blue Book  Text-converted PDF
ADOBE PDF Sull, Michael R., 1989, Spencerian Script and Ornamental Penmanship, Volume I, Chapters 1,2 and 8.  Used with permission.  All rights reserved.
ADOBE PDF Sykes, circa 1885, Sykes's Manual of Penmanship
ADOBE PDF Tamblyn, F.W., How To Become a Good Penman - An advertising packet
ADOBE PDF Williams, J.D. and S.S. Packard, 1867, Gems of Penmanship
ADOBE PDF Zaner, C.P., 1904, The Arm Movement Method of Rapid Writing
ADOBE PDF Zaner, C.P., 1888, Gems of Flourishing
ADOBE PDF Zaner, C.P., 1920, Lessons in Ornamental Penmanship
ADOBE PDF Zaner, C.P., 1900, The New Zanerian Alphabets


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