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Pen, print and communication in the eighteenth century$
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Caroline Archer-Parré and Malcolm Dick

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781789622300

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789622300.001.0001

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The Growth of Copperplate Script

The Growth of Copperplate Script

Joseph Champion and The Universal Penman

(p.11) 1 The Growth of Copperplate Script
Pen, print and communication in the eighteenth century

Nicolas Barker

Liverpool University Press

The formation and development of the ‘copperplate’ script was one of the distinctive features of the growth of the British mercantile empire in the eighteenth century. Joseph Champion, whose script typified it, popularised in his engraved writing manuals, and reached its apex in The Universal Penman, a large folio of different scripts and forms used in commercial documents. Through it, ‘copperplate’ spread throughout Britain and its dependencies, and from them to other countries in Europe and North America.

Keywords:   Commerce, Script, Calligraphy, Writing Manuals, Accounting, Penmanship, Navigation, Education

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