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The Universal Penman;  Or, the Art of Writing Made Useful to the Gentleman and Scholar, as well as the Man of Business . . ., Bickham, George
1 Bickham, George The Universal Penman; Or, the Art of Writing Made Useful to the Gentleman and Scholar, as well as the Man of Business . . .
London Printed for and sold by the Author 1741 First Full Calf Very Good 
A classic and seminal work on typography in the scarcest earliest printing in book form, complete, with many beautiful engravings and trompe d'oeil touches. Folio, 43 by 26.5 cm. 212 leaves, with engraved text and illustrations only on rectos. [5], table of contents, followed by 52 sections. Paginated eccentrically, with insertion pages and restarted numbering within continuing numbering. Besides the beautiful typography of many different styles and designs, with elaborate tracery, the work is laden with aphoristic writing, homilies, apercus, business forms of a wide variety, and most pleasing of all are the trophies, cameo portraits, rococo and Georgian ornament, bucolic and idealized scenery and diversity of imagery that so perfectly captures the sensibility of the period of issue. Particularly wonderful are the artful penned imagery and the three trompe d'oeil cards. The 1741 edition of this work is seldom found in commerce (as opposed to the 1743 edition). The calf has heavy wear, with crackin, rubbing, scratching, some dryness, the shadowy impression of two books that must have sat atop the volume at one time. The boards have been reattached, with that restoration not being a pretty one. Within, toning of the leaves around their edges. One leaf numbered 57 with big chip and also a repair evident on the verso -- but no loss of content. Two other tears repaired unartfully but on the verso so not overly conspicuous. Some offsetting and other browning and light soiling. Still, overall, a handsome copy of this work interior-wise, and the binding, even with its issues, is one that we believe most collectors would want to have preserved. 
Price: 3000.00 USD
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Math and Calligraphy Notebook Bound with Older Newspaper, Greenough, Richard [Richard Greenough Atkinson]
2 Greenough, Richard [Richard Greenough Atkinson] Math and Calligraphy Notebook Bound with Older Newspaper
Atkinson, New Hampshire (?) 1816, 1817 Wraps made of newspaper Very Good 
Tall 4to, 31 by 19 cm. Unpaginated, 29 leaves, or 38 pp., mostly dealing with arithmetic and other mathematical formulations, with a decided bent towards the practical financial functions, such as interest calculations and discounting. It is a fairly typical such surviving notebook of that era, but for the final page of maxims written in an ornamental cursive calligraphic hand. Also three pages of legal forms (quitation deed, a will, a promissory note). Notwithstanding the calligraphy at the end and ornamental lettering elsewhere, the notebook is far from entirely neat, with many of the mathematical calculations looking as one might expect in a student's notebook. Still, the notebook belongs to a bygone era of pedagogy. Moderate wear generally, with some wormholing of the newspaper wraps. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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