Author Topic: Michael Sull's "Spencerian & Ornamental Penmanship v.II"- $500 or $29.95?  (Read 5639 times)

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Hi friends,

Does Michael Sull's "Spencerian Script & Ornamental Penmanship v. II" normally go for $29.95 or $250-500+?
I saw it listed on Amazon for $250 to (I kid you not) $3,640 + shipping. However, it is listed as $29.95 on JNB though it is currently out of stock. I know it's on IAMPETH's website as an e-book but I would like to purchase a copy of the actual physical book.


As an Econ major, I fully understand the idea of scarcity value but I just wanted to ask you all what a fair price is for this book.


Thank you!

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Spencerian Script & Ornamental Penmanship v. II is currently out of print, and that's why you see it at an exorbitant price online. I'm sure Michael of JNB (who is a forum member) will have more info when he sees this post, but if enough people request it, maybe there'll be a reprint?

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Hi everyone.  I hate to tell you, but the book is indeed out of print.  There are currently no plans to reprint this book, but we are taking orders in case we do decide to reprint it. 
Printing technology has changed dramatically since the book was last printed...so reprinting will be a daunting task.

Wish I had better info,
Cheers,
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Sonny: Unfortunately yes.. the book is now considered a rarity... which is a shame because it is such an amazing and important book. However, if you go on ebay and Amazon 'used books' section, you may be lucky to find one at a decent price. I found my copy that way. $250 is rather high for this book... it's not THAT rare..

Michael: It would be amazing to have a reprint.. or a book filled with true-to-life reproductions of the pieces from the Iampeth archive room. Some of the pieces there cannot be found anywhere else in books..!
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Ahhh thank you all! I had no idea it was out of print.

Wow, I truly appreciate all the excellent feedback.  :)

Also, Schin - do you still need Brause Rose nibs? Funny you should comment because I was just watching one of your vids on YouTube!  ;D

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That's one I would DEFinitely want to find.  And I shall not go to eBay now to look because no doubt there are a couple hundred FF'ers looking already. 
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As Schin states, $250 is high for Volume 2 of Sull's book. If you are patient, it will pop up with some regularity on eBay or Amazon for $50 or a little more.
What is truly rare is Volume one (or the two volumes bound together). I looked for over a year to find volume 1 by itself, and the hardbound version with both volumes together usually is $500++.

The good news:

A set of Volume 1 and 2 is being offered right now on eBay for $190 by a man retiring from the calligraphy business. I've bought some things from him recently and he has some interesting nibs for sale as well. If I didn't already have both the volumes, I would not hesitate to buy this set for $190.

Here's the link:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Ornamental-Penmanship-by-Michael-Sull-/261975612856?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3cfef69db8

or you can search "Michael Sull" and it will come up.
« Last Edit: July 29, 2015, 01:36:24 PM by AnasaziWrites »

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Sonny: Haha you're so kind to remember! But I have a few now.. thank you!!!!!!

Milon and Anasaziwrites: Actually... that link for $190 for both is a good deal. Not an AMAZING deal, but a good deal.. considering I personally absolutely love the book and love ornamental penmanship, I would do it.

I found the hardbound version with vol 1 and 2 on Amazon for $100  ;D That was 2 years ago though.
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You possibly can get a copy into your hands (but only temporarily) through your local library via interlibrary loan. There are 22 holdings on WorldCat...

https://www.worldcat.org/title/spencerian-script-and-ornamental-penmanship/oclc/23208012&referer=brief_results

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Check it out ...

Volumes 1 and 2


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Ha! Good one, Andy :D! (Seems I was lucky to buy one of the copies at Johnneals last year!)
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Check it out ...

Volumes 1 and 2
Hah! Showing once again, there is a difference between a listing and a sale.

However, if anyone out there wants my copies of Volume 1 and 2 for US$2000, upon receipt of the cash (no phoney-baloney checks from the Bank of Sark), I'll send them along faster than Sumi ink dries in the desert sun.

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Hah! Showing once again, there is a difference between a listing and a sale.
Indeed - that listing has been hanging around for quite a while.

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Indeed - that listing has been hanging around for quite a while.

Must be the ink stain on the cover of volume 2 putting people off. Iím sure if it didnít have that it would fly out the door at that price.

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Re: Michael Sull's "Spencerian & Ornamental Penmanship v.II"- $500 or $29.95?
« Reply #14 on: September 03, 2015, 04:12:04 AM »
Hopefully Michael decides to do a reprint. I'd love to own a copy of this book. Maybe we can petition him  :)