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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Typ 897

John Howard Benson papers concerning The first writing book,

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.

Dates

  • 1953-1955.

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

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

Extent

1 collection (1 volume (.25 linear feet))

Includes holograph manuscripts on the instruction for writing in calligraphy and chancery, the joys of calligraphy, a translation of Arrhigiā€™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.

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:
  1. I. Preliminary matter and notes
  2. II. Italian text and English translation of Arrighi's Operina
  3. III. Correspondence

Physical Location

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

84M-201. Gift of Philip Hofer; received: 1954.
Title
Benson, John Howard, 1901-1956. John Howard Benson papers concerning The first writing book, 1953-1955: Guide.
Author
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
EAD ID
hou01605

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

Houghton Library is Harvard College's principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, literary and performing arts archives, and more. The library's holdings of primary source material are managed by an expert staff and shared with scholars, students and the public in the reading room.

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