Definition of book hand in English:

book hand


mass noun
  • A formal style of handwriting as used by professional copiers of books before the invention of printing.

    • ‘Main text written in a gothic book hand with southern features, using olive-brown ink.’
    • ‘In just the same way, the first printers had copied in their designs the current local book hand.’
    • ‘The style of calligraphy is my take on formal book hand excerpt for the enlarged initial letters of and the ornamental pointed style letters forming the first word.’
    • ‘This regularity helps make the text easily readable, an important quality for a book hand to have.’
    • ‘However, most people start with either italic (chancery cursive) or some variation of Roman book hand (foundational, book hand, humanist, etc.)’