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MS Typ 897

Benson, John Howard, 1901-1956. John Howard Benson papers concerning The first writing book, 1953-1955: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Location: f
Call No.: MS Typ 897
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Benson, John Howard, 1901-1956.
Title: John Howard Benson papers concerning The first writing book,
Date(s): 1953-1955.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 volume (.25 linear feet)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Holograph manuscripts, notes, and proofs concerning American artist John Benson's The first writing book: an English translation and facsimile text of Arrighi's Operina, the first manual of the chancery hand.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

84M-201. Gift of Philip Hofer; received: 1954.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

John Howard Benson Papers Concerning The First Writing Book, 1953-1955 (MS Typ 897). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Benson was an American artist, calligrapher, sculptor, and designer of incised letters. In 1955, he published an English translation and facsimile printing of Ludovico degli Arrighi's Operina titled The first writing book: an English translation and facsimile text of Arrighi's Operina, the first manual of the chancery hand, with introduction and notes by John Howard Benson.

Arrangement

Organized into the following series:

Scope and Contents

Includes holograph manuscripts on the instruction for writing in calligraphy and chancery, the joys of calligraphy, a translation of Arrhigi's Operina concerning handwriting skills, notes for book including drafts of the foreword, dummy book binding, and proofs. Collection also contains correspondence between Benson and Philip Hofer of the Houghton Library concerning the production of the book, publishing the book, issues concerning the title, and matters relating to Benson's work.

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