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Limited Edition Moleskine® Notebooks - $20.00 per set of 2

These custom-printed, limited edition Moleskine® notebooks were inspired by the calligraphic and ornamental masterworks preserved in the Zaner-Bloser Penmanship Collection.

Featured on each notebook is “The Proud Art Shall Conquer,” a peacock flourish by master penman Fielding Schofield (1845-1924). Schofield’s work references the motto of 19th century professional penmanship journal The Teacher of Penmanship: “The Proud Art of Beautiful Writing Shall Conquer the Hearts of All Men.”

Packaged in sets of two (black/ruled and craft/blank), with 80 acid-free pages each, these 5” x 8.25” Moleskine® Cahier notebooks are available for purchase for the price of $20 per set, plus shipping and handling. All proceeds benefit the care, preservation, and digitization of the Zaner-Bloser Penmanship Collection.

To purchase by check, please complete and submit an order form. To purchase by credit card, contact Special Collections Assistant Elizabeth Shomaker at 570-941-7002 or elizabeth.shomaker@scranton.edu. Notebooks may also be purchased by cash or check in person at the Weinberg Memorial Library circulation desk.



Reprinted Penmanship Manuals - $25 each or $70 per set

To help support the collection, The Zaner-Bloser Company gave us their last remaining copies of these three legendary penmanship manuals. The volumes are in pristine condition, and are available for purchase at the price of $70 for the set of three or $25 each, plus shipping and handling. All proceeds from the sales of these manuals will support the care and preservation of the Zaner-Bloser Penmanship Collection.

To purchase by check, please complete and submit an order form. To purchase by credit card, contact Special Collections Assistant Elizabeth Shomaker at 570-941-7002 or elizabeth.shomaker@scranton.edu.

This is a truly remarkable, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to obtain new copies of these three legendary penmanship books published by Zaner-Bloser. These volumes represent the remaining inventory of the books sold by ZB when the company was still promoting Ornamental Penmanship. They have been in storage for over forty years and are now being made available to us. I can’t encourage you enough to consider purchasing a set for yourself.

-Michael Sull, Master Penman, The Lettering Design Group



The Secret Skill of Madarasz

Originally published in 1911, 84 pages

This is considered one of the most legendary, sought-after and desirable vintage publications of American Penmanship. Shortly before his death in 1910 (he succumbed to diabetes), Madarasz and Zaner Bloser discussed the publishing of a volume of his best penmanship. It was Madarasz’ wish to have the proceeds from the sales of this book serve as a “dowry” for his wife. It is unprecedented in the quality, range and sheer beauty of its penmanship display by a man whom many of his contemporaries considered the finest ornamental penman our country ever produced. Any additional comments by me would just be redundant in its praise. Quite simply – you must own this book.

-Michael Sull, Master Penman, The Lettering Design Group



C. C. Canan – Collection of Penmanship

1965 edition, 64 pages

Of all the master penmen who became legendary for their skill, there were but a few whose work was of such stellar quality and unique individualistic nature that they truly stood alone in American Penmanship history. Students may argue about “who was best” but three names are always at the top of the list: Louis Madarasz, A.D. Taylor and C.C. Canan. Albert D. Taylor died in 1898 at thirty-five years of age, and unfortunately, no single book dedicated to his penmanship was published. Clinton C. Canan passed away from appendicitis complications in 1904. He was only 31 years old, but in his brief life he attained a degree of skill that was so consistent and precise it almost seemed humanly impossible. To celebrate his legacy for all students of penmanship, ZB published this volume as a tribute to his memory and his skill. Unlike the bold, dramatic style of Madarasz, Canan’s work was delicate with a focus on precise letterform and the integrity of capitals. He frequently adorned his penmanship with superb line-drawn illustrations or “vignettes” to complement his specimen work. Like the Madarasz book, this is a remarkable volume that you will want as a part of your library.

-Michael Sull, Master Penman, The Lettering Design Group



Fascinating Pen Flourishing

1951 edition, 80 pages

Although this book has been re-published by Dover Publications and re-titled Ornate Pictorial Calligraphy, there is nothing more special than having an original, ZB published copy for your studies. The ZB copy is in a slightly larger format as well. Focusing its instructional text on whole-arm, straight-penholder staff movement, this volume was the finest and most complete manual of its kind to be produced with over 150 specimens and illustrations of basic strokes and patterns. Fascinating Pen Flourishing is a gem for anyone’s collection and of great value for study.

-Michael Sull, Master Penman, The Lettering Design Group

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