The teaching of orthic shorthand by W. Stevens

I am searching for that book either as a re-print or in digitalized form. But all links on google seems to lead to nothing.
Does anyone knows where I could enquire further?

Thank you.

(by sasa for
group greggshorthand)

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  1. Dead end at Rider Uni. They are not planning to digitize it in near future.
    Waiting for Cambridge University reply about those books.
    I may try one day to go to many old book sellers here in Istanbul but I don't have high hopes. Most of the old books here are either French or German.

  2. and come up blank.

    My kids don't believe it, but the internet really does not have everything. Is there a way to raise its priority at Rider? I'm guessing not, since there are many other books, probably each with a few people clamouring for it.

    Success, well, partial.
    has a pdf of Orthic Shorthand, The Cambridge System, by Callendar. It has a "List of Publications" which includes The Teaching… by Stevens.

    The oribitfiles page says it's uploaded by Ian Dawson. No link to a profile for him, but if you can track him down you'll probably have a partner in your search.

  3. Well, it seemed like easy system to learn and looks beautiful in the Manual. But in my hands it is more angular than Taylor's shorthand. And some words have wandered way out of the line of writing (words like proposal or timetable). Yes, I know I have written them in full but that is because I just started to learn. And the three consecutive vowels in word "continuous" are looong in the outline. H. Callendar said that it is possible to learn just from those few pages in the Manual. But without additional input it is somewhat strenuous-ish for the mind occasionaly. I could not even figure out how he writes "sw" consonant combination.
    I now understand the value of additional reading material written in shorthand one is trying to learn. Especially in the early stages………

  4. Ian used to post here regularly, but he hasn't done so in years. You can use the search feature of the blog and type "ian." You will find his posts. If he posted in the teeline forum, I suggest you contacting him there.

    And, yes, we are rather active here, :-).

  5. Beers shorthand is light line. It looks a little like Gregg, but since all vowels are hooks, there is a lot of backward motion in the writing and some of the stroke combinations are odd. It makes the claim that it has the advantage that no two words have the same shorthand outline, and that the system has very few exceptions to rules. Some of its rules are similar to Gregg. You can take a look at Beers shorthand in Google Books.

  6. Does this backward motion in the writing means that I will have to read outlines to the left instead to the right? I just browsed through the book of Perrault-Duployan shorthand and I got impression that some outlines are read from the top and to the left. If that is so, that would be so counter-intuitive. I would be so not learning that.

  7. I glanced through the text for Beers Shorthand. It doesn't look like it involves backwards reading, but there are a lot of hook characters turned sideways, which means a lot of zig-zagging back and forth when you write.

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