The Art of Lettering and Sign Painting Manual - A.P. Boyce - 1878
This book by A.P. Boyce is a prime example of an early sign painters manual that deals primarily with basic block and roman letterforms. It also delves into more complex matters such as various method of shading and suggested layouts, but where the book truly excels and differs is in its extremely descriptive passages of the nuances of various letter styles that would be of the utmost importance to a sign painter of the late 19th century. The classics never change, and the information within this book is just as useful today as it was nearly 140 years ago.