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#1 James Pickering

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Posted 06 December 2004 - 13:53

I model my primary Italic writing hand on the Cancellaresca corsiva (Chancery cursive) of Bernardino Cataneo a teaching master of Siena, Italy, circa 1545. I admire this Chancery hand for its exquisite beauty which in my opinion surpasses all others. It features numerous pen lifts within and between letters, making it eminently legible (readable) -- the cornerstone of good handwriting.

As Stephen Harvard points out in his introduction to the published facsimile Cataneo Manuscript: "Another sign of the formality of Cataneo's corsiva is that virtually each letter stands alone; there are none of the diagonal joins that inevitably develop in a true running script."

I employ my adaptation of Cataneo's Cancellaresca corsiva for correspondence, writing out books, greeting & condolence cards, etc. (frequently employing Roman Capital & humanistic small roman lettering for headers), although I use my own flourished Majuscule letter forms.

Although currently out of print ..........

AN ITALIC COPYBOOK, THE CATANEO MANUSCRIPT, Stephen Harvard, Cambridge : Published for Houghton Library by Taplinger Publishing Co. (1981)

.......... is available from numerous online used book purveyors.


Following are two examples of my adaptation of Cataneo cursive italic writing.


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#2 James Pickering

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Posted 07 December 2004 - 01:27

More Cataneo based handwriting:

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 05:08

I model my primary Italic writing hand on the Cancellaresca corsiva (Chancery cursive) of Bernardino Cataneo a teaching master of Siena, Italy, circa 1545. I admire this Chancery hand for its exquisite beauty which in my opinion surpasses all others. It features numerous pen lifts within and between letters, making it eminently legible (readable) -- the cornerstone of good handwriting.

As Stephen Harvard points out in his introduction to the published facsimile Cataneo Manuscript: "Another sign of the formality of Cataneo's corsiva is that virtually each letter stands alone; there are none of the diagonal joins that inevitably develop in a true running script."

I employ my adaptation of Cataneo's Cancellaresca corsiva for correspondence, writing out books, greeting & condolence cards, etc. (frequently employing Roman Capital & humanistic small roman lettering for headers), although I use my own flourished Majuscule letter forms.

Although currently out of print ..........

AN ITALIC COPYBOOK, THE CATANEO MANUSCRIPT, Stephen Harvard, Cambridge : Published for Houghton Library by Taplinger Publishing Co. (1981)

.......... is available from numerous online used book purveyors.


Following are two examples of my adaptation of Cataneo cursive italic writing.


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That's some really nice Italic samples. I really enjoy seeing broad edge penwork like this. Nice job...love the red & black. Love the Roman caps too. Great job!
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Posted 31 December 2012 - 20:43

Thanks you James. Beautiful writing - a joy to read.

And, thank you for your link. Very helpful for someone like myself.

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Posted 20 January 2016 - 01:18

I'm jumping into the Cataneo bandwagon. Aside from reading your website jp29.org. I found these on the web. Also, I am following your recommended books:
Arrighi - Operina
Palatino - Libro di Giovambattista Palatino
Tagliente - Thesavro de Scrittori
and Stephen Harvard - The Italic Copybook: Cataneo Manuscript

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Posted 20 January 2016 - 01:51

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Posted 23 December 2016 - 06:32

I found a copy of the Cataneo Manuscript published by Stephen Harvard at the Boston public library in the rare books department. I took pictures of the 20 folios and uploaded them to a tumblr: cataneomanuscript.tumblr.com

 

 



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Posted 12 April 2017 - 11:42

I model my primary Italic writing hand on the Cancellaresca corsiva (Chancery cursive) of Bernardino Cataneo a teaching master of Siena, Italy, circa 1545. I admire this Chancery hand for its exquisite beauty which in my opinion surpasses all others. It features numerous pen lifts within and between letters, making it eminently legible (readable) -- the cornerstone of good handwriting.

As Stephen Harvard points out in his introduction to the published facsimile Cataneo Manuscript: "Another sign of the formality of Cataneo's corsiva is that virtually each letter stands alone; there are none of the diagonal joins that inevitably develop in a true running script."

I employ my adaptation of Cataneo's Cancellaresca corsiva for correspondence, writing out books, greeting & condolence cards, etc. (frequently employing Roman Capital & humanistic small roman lettering for headers), although I use my own flourished Majuscule letter forms.

Although currently out of print ..........

AN ITALIC COPYBOOK, THE CATANEO MANUSCRIPT, Stephen Harvard, Cambridge : Published for Houghton Library by Taplinger Publishing Co. (1981)

.......... is available from numerous online used book purveyors.


Following are two examples of my adaptation of Cataneo cursive italic writing.


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