Handwriting in America. A Cultural History.

New Haven: Yale University Press, (1996),

First Edition. octavo, boards in dust jacket. xiv, 248pp. Yale University Press, Item #10534

From the jacket - "Script emerged in the eighteenth century as a medium intimately associated with the self, in contrast to the impersonality of print. But thereafter, just what kind of self would be defined or revealed in script was debated in the context of changing economic and social realities, definitions of manhood and womanhood, and concepts of mind and body. Thornton details the parties to these disputes: writing masters who used penmanship training to form and discipline character; scinetific experts who chalked up variations in script to mere physiological idiosyncrasy; and autograph collectors and handwriting analysts who celebrated signatures that broke copybook rules as marks of personality, revealing the uniqueness of the self." With brief mention of forgery and forgers. Illustrated and with a detailed index. Very fine copy.

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