Photo by Contributor Joy Fairclough
Here you'll find links to:
Downloadable letter specimens
Downloadable line guide paper
Books of exemplars
Downloadable Letter Specimen & Exemplar Sheets
Archive.org — Highly recommended
An incredible website cataloging scans of vintage books and leaflets, including a huge number of calligraphy and type specimens; just search for "calligraphy" and "hand lettering"
The Book of Kells
High resolution scans of every page
Brush Letter Practice Guide
Free and paid brush lettering practice sheets and notepads
High resolution scans of old manuscripts from around the world
IAMPETH — Highly recommended
This collection contains dozens of digitized, rare books on calligraphy, penmanship, and flourishing
IAMPETH on Archive.org — Highly recommended
This is such a brilliant, extensive archive of vintage calligraphy books that it deserves its own entry.
Free digital library of old manuscripts
Speedball Letter Specimen Book — Highly recommended
All the amazing pages of this historic book scanned and available to view in high resolution
The Penman's Repository
High resolution scans of this 18th-century book on Copperplate, Old English, flourishes, and German text.
Postman's Knock — Highly recommended
A blog maintained by Lindsey Bugbee with, among other things, a variety of calligraphy practice sheets
A Tutor to Penmanship
High resolution scans of this 17th-century book on script and flourishes
Vintage Lettering Scans on Flickr
Inspiring vintage type compiled by Flickr user Patricia M.
Downloadable Guideline Paper
Circular Line Guides
Free downloads by Steve Husting
Dawn Nicole Lettering Practice Sheets
Free downloads in an assortment of styles
Diagonal Practice Guides
Free downloads by The Fozzy Book
A fabulous, customizable generator maintained by Josselin Cuette
Graph Paper Generator
Free tool for creating custom gridded paper; downloadable in PDF format
IAMPETH Lettering Guide Sheets — Highly recommended
Free downloads provided by IAMPETH
Scribblers Guide Paper Generator
Enter ascender, body, and descender heights, then download the generated template
Books of Specimens
There are even more books in our Books & Magazines gallery!
The Art of Calligraphy
Full PDF version of David Harris's book The Art of Calligraphy; 128 full-color pages, many of which contain letter specimens
A very important classic with alphabets and examples by leading calligraphers.
The Zanerian Manual of Alphabets and Engrossing
The first 21 pages by E.A. Lupfer provide some of the best Copperplate instruction available. Other engrossing alphabets are shown, as well as many examples of engrossed pieces.