The Complete Engraver: A Guide to Monograms, Crests, Ciphers, Seals, and the Etiquette and History of Social Stationery was written by stationer extraordinaire Nancy Sharon Collins.
The 2012 edition, published by Princeton Architectural Press, has sold out. It is now available on Kindle.
If you absolutely require your own, original, hard copy of this iconic book about engraved stationery? Contact Mrs. Collins here. She has stashed several away to sell to her adoring audience.
Here’s more about it.
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 instructional sections that give 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 for free for readers of the book (via a web link).