Thursday, May 27, 2010

Penmanship via Google Books

I was paging through Google Books' Penmanship of the XVI, XVII and XVIIIth Centuries, amazed at the beautiful handwriting, when I came across the above scan. I love the pink latex fingers!


  1. Great post, great reference! Anybody know about written individual communications in the 16th-18th centuries? I'm a Baltic merchant writing a London broker about amber. Do I buy quills commercially? How about ink? Do I write on vellum, or is there something cheaper available? Are there stationers, or proto-stationers? Come to think of it, what did John Rolfe and others of the Jamestown colony use?


  2. At the end in the alphabet, the J and V are missing..

  3. Quick Google search brings this information regarding J and V, which I sort of half-remembered.,_u_v,_i_j,_and_u_v.htm