The Art of Writing
These images are pages from a 17th century German book on calligraphy. The full title of the book is, in English: “The Proper Art of Writing: a compilation of all sorts of capital or initial letters of German, Latin and Italian fonts from different masters of the noble art of writing”. The book was compiled by Kunstrichtige Schreibart and was published in 1655 by Paulus Fursten Kunsthändlern in Nürnberg, Germany.
A great range of different styles are represented seemingly increasing in elaborateness, and also illegibility, as the book goes on.