Peter Bales (1547–1610?) was an English calligrapher and one of the inventors of shorthand writing. He was born in London in 1547, and is described by Anthony Wood as a "most dexterous person in his profession, to the great wonder of scholars and others". We are also informed that "he spent several years in sciences among Oxonians, particularly, as it seems, in Gloucester Hall; but that study, which he used for a diversion only, proved at length an employment of profit." He is mentioned for his skill in micrography in Holinshed's Chronicle:John Evelyn wrote:

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  • Peter Bales (1547–1610?) was an English calligrapher and one of the inventors of shorthand writing. He was born in London in 1547, and is described by Anthony Wood as a "most dexterous person in his profession, to the great wonder of scholars and others". We are also informed that "he spent several years in sciences among Oxonians, particularly, as it seems, in Gloucester Hall; but that study, which he used for a diversion only, proved at length an employment of profit." He is mentioned for his skill in micrography in Holinshed's Chronicle: John Evelyn wrote: Bales was likewise very dexterous in imitating handwritings, and between 1576 and 1590 was employed by Secretary Walsingham in certain political manoeuvres. We find him at the head of a school near the Old Bailey, London, in 1590, in which year he published his Writing Schoolemaster, in three Parts. This book included an Arte of Brachygraphie, which is one of the earliest attempts to construct a system of shorthand. In 1595 he had a great trial of skill with one Daniel Johnson, for a golden pen valued at £20, and won it; and a contemporary author further relates that he had also the arms of calligraphy given him, which are azure, a pen or. Bales died about the year 1610. (en)
  • Peter Bales, né à Londres en 1547 et mort en 1610?, est un calligraphe anglais. C'était un copiste très habile. Il s'est fait connaître avec une écriture microscopique qui lui permettait de produire une Bible de la taille d'une noix. Il a inscrit un certain nombre de textes sur la circonférence d'un penny (pièce de monnaie) pour montrer cet exemple de sa qualité de calligraphie. En 1590, Bales publie un livre « The Writing Schoolemaster » en trois volumes : « Arte of Brachygraphie » (qui parle de sténographie), « The order of orthographie », « The key of calygraphie ». (fr)
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  • Peter Bales (1547–1610?) was an English calligrapher and one of the inventors of shorthand writing. He was born in London in 1547, and is described by Anthony Wood as a "most dexterous person in his profession, to the great wonder of scholars and others". We are also informed that "he spent several years in sciences among Oxonians, particularly, as it seems, in Gloucester Hall; but that study, which he used for a diversion only, proved at length an employment of profit." He is mentioned for his skill in micrography in Holinshed's Chronicle:John Evelyn wrote: (en)
  • Peter Bales, né à Londres en 1547 et mort en 1610?, est un calligraphe anglais.C'était un copiste très habile. Il s'est fait connaître avec une écriture microscopique qui lui permettait de produire une Bible de la taille d'une noix. Il a inscrit un certain nombre de textes sur la circonférence d'un penny (pièce de monnaie) pour montrer cet exemple de sa qualité de calligraphie.En 1590, Bales publie un livre « The Writing Schoolemaster » en trois volumes : « Arte of Brachygraphie » (qui parle de sténographie), « The order of orthographie », « The key of calygraphie ». (fr)
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  • Peter Bales (en)
  • Peter Bales (fr)
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