The Book

“Jean Cocteau once said that poets unravel their handwriting and then tie it up again, but differently. This is what Nancy Sharon Collins teaches us about the extraordinary art of engraving, making us see that words are like ribbons: at once intentional and lyrical, they magnificently gesture to the nuances of human, social interaction in a world overrun by the dreary monotony of text. If typography has a poet laureate, Collins may well be it.”

Jessica Helfand, Co-Founder and Partner, Design Observer.

The original Princeton Architectural Press publication has sold out. However, Mrs. Collins is now selling a limited quantity of The Complete Engraver on an individual basis. Contact her directly to purchase and inquire.

About The Complete Engraver:

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. Stationer extraordinaire, and 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, the book is illustrated with fascinating, original specimens of social stationery, calling cards, and monograms, The Complete Engraver also includes instructional sections that offer tips on letter writing, social stationery etiquette, and the steps required to commission engraving work today. Two digital fonts based on engraver’s style typefaces are available free for readers of the book.

The Complete Engraver by Nancy Sharon Collins and published by Princeton Architectural Press.
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