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B3563. Art of Whimsical Lettering / Sharpe
B3563. The Art of Whimsical Lettering by Joanne Sharpe. 2014. 136pp. 8.5"x11". Paper

Shows you how to create exuberant and personalized writing styles for your artwork and journaling. Presents fifteen alphabets, ranging from monoline forms to more calligraphic ones and to others that reference vintage fonts and doodle art. The author shows how to merge text and illustrations and provides a peek into her personal lettering journal.

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B4029. The Irish Hand / O’Neill
B4029. The Irish Hand: Scribes and their Manuscripts from the Earliest Times by Timothy O’Neill. 2014. 148pp. Approx. 11.75"x 9.25". Hardcover

This revised and expanded edition has high quality, full-color digital images of the works of Irish scribes throughout the centuries. (The original edition was in black & white.) The first part is a survey of the manuscript tradition, followed by essays and full-page images for thirty-one of the great books of Ireland. The context, contents, and history of each manuscript are given, accompanied by a full-page illustration. The second part surveys the work of the scribes from a practical perspective, examining script and lettering in detail. Extracts are given from fifty-two manuscripts, transliterated and translated, with a commentary on the pen work. The Irish Hand covers 1,500 years of Irish script and letter design from the sixth to the twenty-first century.

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B2862. Freight Train Graffiti / Gastman et al.
B2862. Freight Train Graffiti by Roger Gastman, Darin Rowland, and Ian Sattler. 2006. 349pp. 7.25"x8". Paper

For makers of letters, this is a rich source of inspiration for new forms, ways of combining letters, and creating movement within boldly written text. It is packed with 1,000 full-color examples of graffiti and nearly all letterforms, from 125 train artists and writers. The book provides a history of graffiti as it moved from vandalism to art.

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B4050. Handgeschriebene Schriften
B4050. Handgeschriebene Schriften by Franz Endress. 2012. 64pp. 4"x6.25". Paper.

A reprint of a German lettering manual, circa 1914. The 48 hands presented include monoline scripts with and without serifs, broad-edged cursive alphabets, and a variety of Blackletter alphabets: Schwabacher, Fraktur, and several variations of Deutche (German) Schrift. It is reminiscent of the early Speedball Textbooks, though in a smaller format. This 64 page single signature book is bound in an unusual way. The signature and cover are sewn together with continuous stitches along the spine with a sewing machine. Text is in German.

Cover text:

Handgeschriebene Schriften Schriften vorlagen für einfache und leicht auszuführende beschriftungen in verschiedenartiger anwendung in der technik, fur Gewerbe, Schule und Haus, auch für den Selbstunterricht zusammengestellt von Franz Endress.

Handwritten Letters: Model alphabets that are simple and easy to follow, which have a wide variety of applications in industry, business, school, and home. Also for self-study. Compiled by Franz Endress

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B4031. Color in Calligraphy / Ullian
B4031. Color in Calligraphy by Jeanne Ullian. 1992. 20pp. 8.5"x11".

An excellent and thorough introduction to using gouache in your pen. Includes tips on which brands are best, which colors to start with, how to load your pen, how to get the gouache to flow, and ways to reconstitute dried gouache. You learn about color permanence, color mixing, color theory, and the components of gouache. Black-and-white only, no color illustrations. Recommended by Sheila Waters.

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B3966. Japanese Alphabet / Mandel
B3966. Japanese Alphabet: The 48 Essential Characters by Gabriele Mandel and Isao Hose. 2007. 148pp. 7.75"x9.5". Hardcover

This clear and concise guide to the various Japanese writing systems presents all of the characters (kana) in the traditional order, shown in both the hiragana and katakana versions. Each character is given its own page, which graphically indicates the correct sequence for the individual strokes; provides voiced and unvoiced variants; and presents the Chinese ideogram from which it was derived, the Roman transliteration, and the character in several typefaces.

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B3869. Scripsit 34.2: Johnson, Pludwinski, Kurtz, Thornton, Clark
Scripsit 34.2. 2012. 32pp. 8.5"x11". Paper

In this issue produced by Michael Clark: Iskra Johnson (Illustration and informal scripts with pointed brush and pen), Izzy Pludwinski (Hebrew and Western letterforms), Carl E Kurtz (letters as texture and form), Memorials by Artists (letter carving), Peter Thornton (compositions exploring texture, lettered with pencils), Michael Clark (lettering with ruling pens and other tools). The letter artists both show and discuss their work. Full color throughout.

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B3870. Take Your Pleasure Seriously / Luca Barcellona
Take Your Pleasure Seriously by Luca Barcellona. 2012. 224pp. 7.5"x10.5". Hardcover

Features commissioned work and personal pieces in hundreds of images (many never-before-published) of the letters and letterwork of Luca Barcellona, an internationally-known calligrapher, designer, and graffiti artist. He uses both historical letterforms and contemporary, original ones in striking and expressive compositions. Includes an interview by by Chaz Bojórquez. Over 250 full-color plates. Text by Luca Barcellona, Giovanni De Faccio and Nicola "DeeMo" Peressoni. Fold-out poster jacket. His work was featured in Letter Arts Review issue 23-3.

Luca Barcellona shatters the boundaries as he blends his street sensibility with fine penmanship. - Letter Arts Review

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B3880. Adventures with Letters / Harvey
Adventures with Letters: A Memoir by Michael Harvey. 2012. 236pp. 8.5"x10.75". Hardcover

Through hundreds of illustrations, this book brings together the many facets of Michael Harvey’s work: lettering for book jackets and other projects, lettercutting in wood & stone, type design, and teaching. Designed by the author. Printed in full color throughout.

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B2769. Foundations of Calligraphy / Waters
By Sheila Waters. 2006. 126pp. 9"x11.25". Concealed spiral binding. Now in its third printing. Hardcover.

Now in its third printing. Hardcover $35.00. Free media mail shipping (USA only).

In the 110 pages of exemplar alphabets, instruction, and hints, Sheila shares with you the knowledge she has gathered over her decades of study and practice. She provides insightful analysis of forms and constructions and helps you learn and work toward mastery of the alphabets. The presentation is honed by her vast experience teaching calligraphers how to advance their skills and art. Sheila Waters is not only a master scribe, but a master teacher. She has made both her life's work.

Chapters include Basics & Beyond, Analysis & Practice, Design & Layout, Conception to Completion, and Applying Design Principles. Foundational, Blackletter, Gothic Cursives, Uncial & Half Uncial, Carolingian, Italic, and Italic Variations are covered with thorough instruction for each. Foundational and Italic receive particular attention.

Free Media Mail Shipping to USA addresses. If you need the book sooner, there will be a $3 rush ship charge added to your order. Media Mail generally takes upwards of 2 weeks or more to be delivered.

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Read more about Sheila and her work, courtesy of The Gettysburg Companion.

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