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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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B3949. Magic of Louis L. Lemoine / Lemoine
B3949. The Magic of Louis L. Lemoine. 2013. 22pp. 8.5"x5.5". Paper

Full-color collection of work by Louis L. Lemoine. The pages feature both calligraphy and lettering (sometimes combined with illustration or type) and present alphabet compositions, quotations, Christmas cards, and a few examples from his "magic" series. In addition to being a talented calligrapher, Lemoine is Principle Graphic Designer for the Walt Disney Company. The book was introduced this summer at the IAMPETH Convention, where he taught a class, and at Summit.



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B2927. Mexican Blackletter / Paoli
Mexican Blackletter By Cristina Paoli. 2006. 96pp. 10"x11". Hardcover

Blackletter is a popular script in Mexico for everything from folk art to signage. This book introduces the kinds of Blackletter, the cultural connotations of Blackletter, and those specific to Mexico. It then presents the photos of many examples of uses of Blackletter in signage in its colorful variations: standard, drop shadow, extended & condensed, and deviations & unpredictable. The several full-color collage pages of collages of single letters are a visual treat. (This book is about the vernacular use rather than refined calligraphic forms.)




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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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B3852. Poems of a Penman / Sull
Poems of a Penmen: The Penmanship Verse of Michael R. Sull. 2011. 52 pages. 8.5"x11". Paper spiral.

Stories of penmen past and present and of IAMPETH - some true & some imagined - in old-fashion rhyming verse. Includes a bit of Michael’s script and off-hand flourishing. Illustrated with six pen & ink drawings (including a rather stern-looking John DeCollibus!). It’s a book that only a penman or penwoman would love, but what fun for us!




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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.

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.

Reviews & Comments

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



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B2811. Art & Craft of Hand Lettering / Cicale
The Art & Craft of Hand Lettering by Annie Cicale. Revised 2011. 192pp. 10x10. Paper

Annie Cicale is well-known to calligraphers throughout the USA and Canada from the many workshops and classes she has taught for guilds and at many of the summer conferences. The new printing has the same fine alphabets and good instruction, but now with larger reproductions of the historical manuscripts. Exemplars include foundational, italic, Roman, black letter, uncial, italic handwriting, pointed pen, brush lettering and ruling pen alphabets. She covers design and includes a generous gallery. Color throughout. Our most highly recommended instructional book for broad-edged calligraphy. Great for classes or self-study.

Take a peek at the cover, title page, and table of contents of the new printing!



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B3244. Calligraphy / Lach
Calligraphy by Denise Lach. 2009. 192pp. 9.25" x 10.25". Paperback

This striking and original book is a gallery of Lach’s calligraphic work and techniques. She presents the tools she uses in her work, each with illustrative examples: broad-edge nibs, Automatic pens, Pilot Parallel pens, music nibs (for writing the notes, not the 5-line staff the notes are placed on), plus reed pens & bamboo pens, felt-tip pens, and brushes. There are multi-page sections on using the ruling pen, cola pen (made from an aluminum soda can), and pipettes as lettering tools. Lach briefly discusses - using visual examples - line weight, letter and line spacing, rotation, setting a rhythm, pen position & speed, variations on a theme, organic shapes, concentric compositions, serifs, and depth & density. Then you see how she creates letterforms using stamping with unconventional materials. Examples of stamping include a row of glue-together toothpicks, sharpened sticks, an ordinary cork, foam rubber and sponge. She shows examples of combining tools and techniques in one piece. Throughout the book, with calligraphic compositions from her hand and the photos that inspired them, she invites us to look closely at details and textures in nature, expand our powers of observation and find creative ideas in the world around us.



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