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What is italic?
Seven examples


Modern revival
Not many people can write this way. It calls for great control and a light touch. This example can be described as a set hand, or formata, with carefully shaped letters and few joins.

From Beacon Writing, book 5, Alcuin Press Portland, Oregon, 1978

Modern revival

Alfred Fairbank (1895–1982) inspired us

H e wrote like a renaissance master. His talent led an italic revival in Britain. I regret that copyright restrictions only allow me to show his model alphabet. A Handwriting Manual (Watson-Guptill, New York 1976) is a gentle guide to italic.