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The Complete Engraver Monograms, Crests, Ciphers, Seals, and the Etiquette of Social Stationery

The Complete Engraver Monograms, Crests, Ciphers, Seals, and the Etiquette of Social Stationery

Princeton Architectural Press

By Nancy Sharon Collins


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In this age of emails, texts, and instant messages,
receiving a letter has become a rare treat. Engraved
stationery can make a piece of correspondence, whether
a short note, formal letter, or business card, even
more special. Once an integral part of social life, the
use of engraved stationery has become a lost art. In
The Complete Engraver, author Nancy Sharon Collins
brings this venerable craft to life—from the history
and etiquette of engraved social stationery in America
to its revival and promise of new visual possibilities.
Illustrated with gorgeous, original specimens of social
stationery, calling cards, and monograms, The Complete
Engraver also includes an instructional section that
walks the reader through the engraving process and the
steps required to commission engraving work today.

• The first book to focus on the history of engraving and
how it relates to etiquette and social stationery

• Filled with beautiful specimens of engraved stationery,
calling cards, monograms, and crests

• Includes tips on letter writing and the etiquette of social

• Two digital fonts based on engraver’s style typefaces are
available for free for readers of the book (via a web link)

• Nancy Sharon Collins is a well-known designer and
stationer for clients such as Clinique, Revlon, Curve
Fragrance, Williams-Sonoma, Martha Stewart Wedding,
the Metropolitan Opera Shop, and the Museum of
Modern Art

More Details

Size: 6 x 8.5 in in;
Pages: 224 pp / 170 color / 10 b+w pp;
Format: Hardcover
Publication: August 2012
ISBN: 9781616890674
ISBN10: 1616890673