Info and Links About John Neal Bookseller


This is the official blog of John Neal Bookseller. We are a calligraphy and bookbinding tools and materials store located in Greensboro, NC.

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CALLIGRAPHY & ILLUMINATION: We stock the basic items for beginners plus a full range of calligraphy tools and supplies for both broad-edge calligraphy and pointed pen work (Copperplate, Spencerian) including Nibs & Pens, Holders, Inks & Gouache, Fountain Pens,Guidelines and Light Boxes, & Calligraphic Markers.

You’ll find hard-to-locate calligraphy supplies such as Brause & Mitchell Nibs,Automatic Pens, Pentel Color Brushes, Suede Pens, Gum Sandarac and the new Ruling Pens designed for lettering. Our supplies for illumination include gold leaf, prepared gesso, gum ammoniac, prepared vellum and burnishers.

We stock so many good books (and videos) on calligraphy and illumination that we have to separate them into sections: Collections of Calligraphy Examples, Broad-edge Calligraphy Instructional Books, Brush Calligraphy, Copperplate, and Spencerian. Illumination Books include Celtic Knotwork, Instructional Books, Historical Surveys, and Specific Manuscripts.

We cover calligraphy from Marie Angel & Tim Botts to Sheila Waters & Hermann Zapf and from Hebrew calligraphy to the History & Development of Writing and Script.



BOOKBINDING: We stock basic Bookbinding Supplies such as bookbinding needles, linen thread, and bone folders. You’ll find over 20 how-to Bookbinding Books and exhibit catalogs on traditional western bookbinding, Oriental binding and artist’s books.

You will find the best books on making greeting cards, envelopes, and pop-ups; paper marbling and other decoration; papermaking; paper cutting; using a gocco printer; & rubber stamps.


PAPERCRAFT: You will find books on making greeting cards, envelopes, and pop-ups; paper marbling and other decoration; papermaking; paper cutting; using a gocco printer; & rubber stamps.



Here is a link to our Events page which is updated monthly:

July 25 to August 1, 2015. The Passionate Pen: 34th International Calligraphy Conference. Sonoma State University in Northern California. Marcia Friedman and Melissa Titone are Co-Directors.

Register now. A deposit of $100 ($25 is non-refundable) will reserve your place. You may register online at using a credit card or PayPal, or you may print and mail the registration form with a check (or credit card number). Confirmation of your registration will be emailed within one week of receipt.

Please feel free to contact Marcia or Melissa if you have any questions or concerns: or The sooner you sign up, the lower your registration number, which improves your chances of getting into the classes you want.

Click here to view the registration Form:

Click here to view the Passionate Pen brochure with information regarding the faculty, excursions, and registration details:

Supply and book lists will be posted when they are available.


Order Info:

To Order: You can place an order with John Neal, Bookseller in four ways.ONLINE: Order online at our secure website by going to the Online Catalog.

PHONE: Call 1-800-369-9598 (toll-free from US & Canada) or 336-272-6139 (local or foreign). Our business hours are Monday through Friday, 9:30 am to 6:00 pm EST.

FAX: Fax your order to us 24 hours a day at 336-272-9015. Please list the item number, description, quantity & price for the items you would like to order. Also, be sure to include your name and complete address and payment information. Print a pdf of our JNB Order Form to help organize your purchase.

E-MAIL: Send your order to

We gladly accept personal checks in US dollars and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express). We can also accept Canadian cheques in Canadian dollars and British cheques in Pound Sterling. Please contact us for our current exchange rates.We are now accepting payments through PayPal. Place items in your cart and checkout as usual. Selecting “PayPal” as your payment method will take you to PayPal’s website to pay for your order.