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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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Authorship in Script and Print

Authorship in Script and Print

The Example of Engraved Handwriting Manuals of the Eighteenth Century

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Pen, print and communication in the eighteenth century

Giles Bergel

Liverpool University Press

This chapter investigates the division of labour between writing-masters and engravers in their joint publications, aiming to uncover the mutual dependencies between the two trades. It describes the different processes that each trade brought to the collaboration, and explores the consequences of those differences for users of their productions. It explores how the marketplace for engraved script was rhetorically addressed in writing manuals while also asking how the reader (and potential copyist) was more pragmatically addressed in the scribal teaching models embodied by the works themselves. It touches on the history of style in handwriting, specifically, that of the ‘roundhand’, which was the dominant clerical hand of eighteenth-century England, and asks how far scribal practice can be retrieved from pedagogical engraved hands. Lastly, it maps out some future research questions into a curious format that, by design, complicates what is practical as well as ornamental in the written word

Keywords:   Writing, Manuals, Handwriting, Roundhand, Engravers, engraving, Scripts, Paper, Ink, Print

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