I called up twenty three items and spent two happy days in the reading room of Princeton's Firestone Library. There are ten separate collections in the Rare Book and Special Collections Division. While the reading room serves these collections, a researcher is dealing with 10 catalogs. Princeton makes
Italian 16th century writing manuals are numerous, however the rest of the Continent took about half a century to catch up with the innovators. Neudorffer in Germany, Iciar in Spain published prior to the middle of the century, but there was one guy over in Flanders that stood out. When
I visited the University of Iowa's Special Collections library on Tuesday and Wednesday for a couple of hours. While I didn't know what I would find, I was hoping there'd be something. The director, Greg Prickman took a few minutes out of his busy
The Motoscribendi tour rolls out in a few hours. I packed all my clothes and camping gear, now the hard part comes: Getting the traveling writing kit together - pens, inks, paper, etc. The t-shirts are done as you can see and have already been shipped out, so that'
What is a Writing Manual? Writing manuals teach a student how to form letters and write a particular style of writing or hand. Often, a writing manual discussed ink recipes, paper selection, how to cut a quill into a pen and how to hold it. They came into widespread use
Motoscribendi My name is Nicholas Yeager, I'm a scholar, librarian, motorcyclist and scribe. You know what the first three are, but what's a scribe? Every time you write something with a pen, you are inscribing the paper (or other substrate) with your handwriting. A scribe may