Subject:Re: Folding Calligraphy Book
Posted By: I.Nagy Sat, Nov 30, 2019
The folding book is the "Thousand Characters Text"
千字文 Qianziwen (Chinese) or Senjimon (Japanese)
It is a character text book for basic learning of characters and calligraphy. It contains thousand often used characters composed into a long poem of which each verse is 4 characters long. Each two verses rhyme so they are easy to remember. It is using a calligraphic style created by the famous Chinese calligraphy master Wang Xizhi (303-361)
There are hundreds of these kind of calligraphy learning aids on the market old and new.
I copy here the translation of the first two verses from your picture,
Diligence at start indeed is fine,
completeness at ending, dully grand
Glorious works as the foundation,
no limit to one's reputation