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"penman's Repository" Scans, 18Th Century Copperplate, Old English &c.

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#1 Columba Livia

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 19:49

Scans are here:


download a .zip file with all the scans in here:




Please note that plate 25 was missing from the copy I scanned, all of the rest are there. This book was published in 1795. William Milns did the calligraphy and Harry Ashby engraved it. This book was popular enough that it continued to be published until the 1850s in England.


William Milns emigrated from England to America at some point after publishing this book, and his grave may be found today in Boston, in the old burying ground, on Boston common near Boylston street. His headstone reads:


To the memory of William Milns Member of St. Mary Hall in the university of Oxford, Author of the Well bred Scholar, The American accountant, the Penman's Repository, and of Several Dramatic Works, Master of Salvador Academy, and of the city commercial school in London, who died in this town, the 27th February 1801, Aged 40 years. Society was benefited by the exercise of his talents. His private virtues endeared him to his friends.


source of information: "American penmanship 1800 - 1850" by Paul Nash.
Some low-res previews for you:

Edited by Columba Livia, 06 November 2013 - 01:55.

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#2 MisterBoll



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Posted 05 November 2013 - 20:19

Thanks! These are great.

#3 mhphoto



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Posted 08 November 2013 - 02:25

Very cool! Thanks!



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