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Manuscript lettering book


Held at: University of Delaware Library Special Collections [Contact Us]181 South College Avenue, Newark, DE 19717-5267

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This book dates to the early twentieth century calligraphy revival. This movement started decades earlier in Britain then spread through Europe and eventually to the United States. Originally, the revival was an artistic opposition movement to the industrialization of handcrafts.

Created by an unknown author, this manuscript lettering book has ink-drawn and watercolor original artwork, painted copies, and book or newspaper clippings of English letters glued onto its pages. The letters appear in mostly alphabetical order, with the order becoming mixed towards the back of the book. Some art is reminiscent of medieval decorated initials, depicting flora, fauna, and completed and uncompleted scenes of people at leisure, work, and musical performance.

The 114 page volume is vellum-bound with gilt-stamped designs on the spine and covers.

Item 0057: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0093 medium

Purchase, April 2015.

Processed by A. Wellner, June 2015. Encoded by Rivi Feinsilber, February 2018.

University of Delaware Library Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
Finding Aid Date
2018 February 20
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

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Collection Inventory

Manuscript lettering book.
Item 0057

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