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Letters mainly from Alfred John Fairbank, copies of articles he wrote, pages from Italian writing manuals and notes by Anna Hornby, 1566, 1952-79

MS. Eng. c. 5890
Held at the Weston Library

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  1. (fols. 5-105) letters from A.J. Fairbank relating to the Society for Italic Handwriting, and books, exhibitions and courses he was working on to promote italic handwriting, 1952-79
  2. (fols. 106-17) samples of Fairbank's handwriting
  3. (fols. 118-40) A.J. Fairbank, 'Genesius de la Barrera', printed in the Society for Italic Handwriting Journal no. 63 (Summer 1970)
  4. (fol. 141) Alfred Fairbank, A basis for a 40- (or 42-) letter alphabet with a related specimen attached (1953)
  5. (fols. 144-54) offprint of Alfred Fairbank, 'Die Cancellaresca in Handschrift und Drucktype', from Imprimatur (1956-7)
  6. (fols. 155-66) Alfred Fairbank, How to Teach the Italic Hand Through the Beacon Writing Books (London, 1963)
  7. (fols. 168-73) offprint of Alfred Fairbank, 'Arrighi and Papal Briefs', from The Book Collector (Autumn 1970)
  8. (fols. 174-8) offprint of Alfred Fairbank, 'Another Arrighi Manuscript', from The Book Collector (Autumn 1971)
  9. (fols. 179-85) offprint of Alfred Fairbank, 'Another Arrighi Manuscript Discovered', from The Book Collector (Winter 1974)
  10. (fols. 186-8) page from Palatino writing manual of 1566, with accompanying letter from A.J. Fairbank
  11. (fols. 189-203) pages from an Amphiareo writing manual of 1566
  12. (fols. 204-7) pages from a late Tagliente writing manual
  13. (fols. 208-15) letters from Herman Cohen and John Howard Benson, 1955-6


  • Creation: 1566, 1952-79


215 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Eng. c. 5890

Repository Details

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Weston Library
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