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Columba Livia posted a topic in Calligraphy Discussionshttp://i.imgur.com/tCa9GRr.jpg This book was published in 1695. The calligraphy was written by John Ayres and engraved by John Sturt (who taught George Bickham to engrave). The scans are on flickr here: http://preview.tinyurl.com/ow8zp7z A short biography of John Ayres may be found here: http://preview.tinyurl.com/qxuguuw You can download a .zip file with all the scans in here: https://mega.co.nz/#!mY9TzKwS!TT39DFPUq5Yy-bvFMW89wAhdbNB7klsKaAvB9i5BAEc I would particularly like to direct your attention to the stroke by stroke examples of Secretary hand here: http://www.flickr.co
http://i.imgur.com/QFgaUVj.jpg http://i.imgur.com/BT2QAIT.jpg http://i.imgur.com/rVNaj7t.jpg (The first plate above says "Bartholomeus it is meete and most convenient" etc etc) Richard Gething was born in Herefordshire, perhaps in 1585, and at some point in his life travelled to and worked in London. Massey describes him as being in the company of the "heads and fathers" of English calligraphy and that he deserves our "highest commendation". You might have heard of or read Sir Ambrose Heal's "The English Writing - Masters and Their Copybooks 1570 - 1800": this copy of Calligraphotech