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B4249. Folded Pen Adventures / DuBosch B4249. Folded Pen Adventures by Carol DuBosch. 2018. 32pp. 8"x8". Paper
This instruction book teaches how to use the folded pen to write an Italic-based alphabet. You learn how the folded pen works, starting with basic strokes. Follow the model alphabets that give stroke direction and sequence, and then add flourishes to the letters. Next, more vertical and more cursive variations of the basic alphabet are shown, and two new alphabets are introduced: Neuland and Bensgothic (based on Ben Shahn letters). Bleach techniques, color blending, folded-pen making, and various forms of the folded pen are presented. Includes many examples of Carol’s delightful calligraphy.
B3910. Mastering Calligraphy / Godfrey B3910. Mastering Calligraphy: The Complete Guide to Hand Lettering by Gaye Godfrey-Nicholls. 2013. 288pp. 9x10. Hardcover
This elegant book presents historical hands (such as Roman Capitals, Foundational, Uncial, Carolingian, Gothic, Italic); gestural and ruling pen forms; pointed pen alphabets and brush written forms. For each hand, a main alphabet with ductus is paired with variations, and interspersed are profiles of calligraphers and examples of their work that feature the hand. In addition, at the end of each section there is a related gallery (there are over 125 works shown). Chapters cover backgrounds and colors, layout and composition, illumination, digitizing hand lettering, and creating digital forms.
Gaye Godfrey-Nicholls is a professional calligrapher and teacher based in Perth, Australia
B255. Universal Penman / Bickham B255 The Universal Penman by George Bickham. (1741) 1954. 212pp. 9"x13.75". Paper.
212 pages done by a number of English master penmen of the 1700s, all engraved by Bickham. Shows a variety of Copperplate hands in a variety of sizes. Much non-pictorial flourishing. This is not an instructional manual, but for the study of letterforms this is the best historical source book.
B3948. Modern Calligraphy / Thorpe B3948. Modern Calligraphy by Molly Suber Thorpe. 2013. 192pp. 8.5"x9.5". Paper
Teaches Molly's bold style of Copperplate that looks stylish and fresh, yet still refined. After an overview of supplies, you learn letters, words, then phrases with the clear instructions and exemplars. You then learn how to write with gouache and watercolor and how to digitize your calligraphy for printed items. The 20 projects provide inspiration for weddings, entertainment, and personal stationery. The final section is practical info for the working scribe, including strategies for large-batch projects and hints for left-handers.
B4148. History of Writing, A / Christin B4148. A History of Writing: From Hieroglyph to Multimedia edited by Anne-Marie Christin. 2002. 403pp. 10"x11". Hardcover
A total of fifty-eight lavishly illustrated chapters analyze the role of the image in the history of writing, with detailed commentaries from a team of leading specialists. Together, they explain the evolution of more than 30 key scripts and alphabets and their numerous derivatives. The scope of the material, along with extensive documentation, make this an essential contribution to existing scholarship on this fascinating subject. Illustrated throughout in color and black and white.
B2787. Bible of Illuminated Letters/Morgan The Bible of Illuminated Letters: A Treasury of Decorative Calligraphy by Margaret Morgan. 2006. 256pp. 5.75" x 7.75". Hidden spiral hardcover.
Retail Price $24.99.
Step-by-step instructions for creating 12 illuminated alphabets including Celtic, Saxon, Gothic, Romanesque and Modern Revival. Both caps and minuscules are presented along with borders and decorations. Gilding is also covered. Gallery of historical and contemporary illuminated letters. More than 400 color illustrations.
Published as Illuminated Letters: A Treasury of Decorative Calligraphy in the U.K.