Handwriting Models

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New beginning

Handwriting Models is a facsimile of the first Icelandic copperplate copybook.


How to make a fresh start after centuries of blackletter cursive

Benedikt Gröndal's handwriting booklet offers brief instruction in a new style that was introduced in Icelandic schools in 1875. Blackletter cursive had been replaced by the documentary hand of the British Empire.

Copperplate was written with a pointed nib and an awkward pen hold. It and the simplified versions that followed were taught to Icelandic children for over a century. Italic handwriting succeeded it in 1984.


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