I liked this week's Text challenge on Tag Tuesday, because it gave me
the opportunity to use an old book, which
I found at a church garden party. It is called A book of Scripts,
by Alfred Fairbank, published by Penguin Books in 1952.
It has some wonderful examples of calligraphic styles,
and a lot of information.
The text I used is from Magnum in Parvo or the Pens Perfection (sic)
Invented, written and engraved in silver by Edward Cocker, London 1672,
V and A museum.
I loved the style of the capital L, and the alphabets underneath.
I didn't do much to it, just copied it, mounted it, and gave it a corner
frame and some scroll decorations. The photo was taken on the book
By the way the church garden party is held every summer, right on the banks of the Thames, and includes English traditions such as Morris dancers and tea and cake.The book stall is always a good place to find treasures.
The wording on my tag is:-
Let every day produce some curious Lines
That may commend thy Genius,& thy Pen,
Let all the Undertakings and Designes
Tend to God's Glory, and the good of men.