# A Hand-Book to Accompany the Eclectic System of Penmanship

## Langdon Shook Thompson

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1870. Excerpt: ... DESCRIPTION OF LETTERS. DEFINITIONS. The base line is the horizontal line,, real or imaginary, on which the shortest letters rest. The head line is the horizontal line, real or imaginary, to which the shortest letters extend. A space in height is the height of the shortest letters. A space in width is the distance between the straight lines of the small u. In a coarse or a condensed hand, a space in width is generally less than a space in height; while in a running hand, it is frequently more. The regular slant for writing is shown by drawing a straight line from the right upper corner to the left lower corner of any rectangle, whose base is to its height as three is to four; thus, A straight line, in writing, is one that does not bend. H.B.--4. (49) y A right curve, in writing, is a part or the whole of the right side of an oval; thus, A left curve, in writing, is a part or the whole of the left side of an oval; thus, A point, in writing, is the angular.. joining of two lines; thus,-' A turn, in writing, is the merging of one distinct line into another', ., thus, /V 6/ SMALL LETTERS. The letters should be introduced and explained in such order that, if possible, the making and explaining of each will assist in making and explaining the one next following. The small i contains a right curve, y/y a straight line on the regular slant, an(j a jgjjt curve. The first right curve and the straight line are joined at a point at the head line. The straight line and the last right curve are joined by a narrow turn on the base line, and form the hook. The straight line of the hook should always // be on the regular slant; and the right curve, although more slanting than the straight line, may vary in slant as the writing is to be open or condensed. In i, both right ...

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