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B4028. 100 New York Calligraphers / Dantzic
B4028. 100 New York Calligraphers by Cynthia Maris Dantzic. 2015. 238pp. 9.25" x 12.25". Hardcover

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Encompassing a wide range of calligraphy in many languages and hands or styles, this book presents a visual treasury of works by 100 contemporary scribes, all of whom were either born in New York or studied or worked in the city. From English and its related Romance languages to a wide range of Asian and Middle Eastern alphabets and nonalphabetic characters, the more than 550 examples of beautiful writing create a rich visual smorgasbord. Traditional uses of hand-lettered calligraphy are shown, including event invitations and envelopes, certificates and awards, and quotes and sayings framed as artwork. The examples also include contemporary applications and nontraditional forms, such as graffiti and experimental calligraphy that is not formed from readable characters. All are hand-wrought and human-made, using pointed or broad-edged pens, whether quill or steel, or a brush or other simple tool.

Over 600 color images.




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B4102. Take Your Pleasure Seriously PB / Barcellona
B4102. Take Your Pleasure Seriously by Luca Barcellona. 2016. 240pp. 9"x13". Paper.

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 Chaz Bojórquez. Text by Luca Barcellona, Giovanni De Faccio and Nicola “DeeMo” Peressoni. Over 400 full-color illustrations. Luca’s work was featured in Letter Arts Review issue 23-3.

The hardcover edition of Take Your Pleasures Seriously (B3870) is now out of print.



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LR29-3. Letter Arts Review Vol.29, No.3
LR29-3. Letter Arts Review Vol.29, No 3

Hermann Zapf Tribute issue. Contains articles by Jerry Kelly and others and includes a good deal of heretofore unpublished material.

The editor’s letter
Remembering Hermann Zapf
By Jerry Kelly
The Lessons we learned
By Rick Cusick, Marsha Brady, Larry Brady, Luca Barcellona, Julian Waters, and Ina Saltz
Notes from class • 1980
A Reproduction of selected class notes taken by Ina Saltz

Look inside this issue (cover, table of contents, selected pages). This is a large file and may take some time to load.




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B3892. Zapf Exhibition
Zapf Exhibition: The Calligraphy of Hermann & Gudrun Zapf. 2011. 64pp. 7.125"x10.125". Paper

This elegantly produced exhibition catalog presents their letter-art from Pen & Graver (1939-41) to designs for digital versions of Diotima (2008); pieces done with broad edge pen as well as ballpoint pen alphabets; manuscript books and book design for print; screen-printed and one-off works; and sketches, specimen sheets, and proofs for metal and digital typefaces (Diotima, Colombine, Optima, and Zapfino). English text. Some introductory text also in Japanese.

The exhibition was held in Tokyo in September, 2011 . It was planned to be held in spring, which are the dates on the catalog, but it was postponed to September due to the earthquake and tsunami. The Japan Letter Arts Forum (J-LAF) and Akira Kobayashi, type director for Linotype GmBH, organized the exhibition. The catalog is in English, with some material also in Japanese.



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B3796. What Our Lettering Needs
What Our Lettering Needs: The Contribution of Hermann Zapf to Calligraphy & Type Design at Hallmark Cards by Rick Cusick. 2012. 136pp. 6.75"x10". Paper

A thorough account of Hermann Zapf's contributions to the calligraphic and typographic artistry of Hallmark Cards. The Hallmark/Zapf association is a now fully blended into the company's rich heritage in the lettering arts. This beautifully illustrated book is a tribute to Zapf's own philosophy that the artist's challenge is "to ensure, despite technology and mass production, that beauty is never lost." Printed in color on Mohawk superfine. Rick Cusick presently oversees the design and development of proprietary fonts for Hallmark Cards. He is also a respected designer, calligrapher, and teacher working with the University of Kansas in developing lectures and curriculum for lettering, typography, and type design.



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B3377. Calligraphic Symphonies / Pott
Calligraphic Symphonies / Kalligrafische Sinfonien by Gottfried Pott. 2010. 224pp. 9.5 x 11.5. Hardcover.

To Gottfried Pott, calligraphy is visualized music; he composes fugues out of letters. Over 100 illustrations. Text in English and German.

Chapters include:
- History Is Important but Should Not Be the Objective
- Developments in the More Recent History of Lettering
- The Handwritten Form - a Treasure in Jeopardy
- Quality Takes Effort, Beauty Is the Reward
- No One Was Born with a Pen in Their Hand
- Encounters with Lettering that Were Meaningful to Me
- Fascination with Lettering - Immersion and Spontaneity
- Movement Made Visible - the Calligraphic Line
- The "Schreibmeisterbuch" A Letter Collection - Source and Impulses
- On the Value of Composing and Designing
- Looking at the Past Has Brought Me into the Present
- Playful Experimenting - a Prerequisite for Discoveries
- Calligraphy Means Creating Images from Letters

Click here to see more pictures of this book.



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B4169. Scripsit: Pens & Protocol: Vol. 2 (39.2)
B4169. Scripsit 39.2: Pens & Protocol: The Calligraphy of Official Washington, Volume 2. 2016. 40pp. 8½" x 11". Paper

Features calligraphers who work for various governmental entities and the calligraphy they have produced: certificates and awards; invitations, menus, and place cards; greeting cards and other calligraphic ephemera. Includes White House calligraphers, Pat Blair, Debra Brown, and Becky Larimer; Sammy Little’s work for presidential inaugural luncheons; the calligrapher to the Vice President, Lee Ann Clark; the State Department’s calligrapher, Jennifer Nicholson; Marta Legeckis’ work for the Department of the Interior; and Mohamed Zakariya’s commission for President Obama of a Quran passage in Arabic to be given to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. In addition, there is a section on United States postal stamps, with lettering by Julian Waters, Jessica Hische, Michael Doret, and Zakariya.



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B1540. Origin of the Serif
The Origin of the Serif by Edward Catich. 1968 (1991). 312pp. 8"x10.5".

The definitive work on the origin and development of the Roman inscriptional alphabet. Catich convincingly shows that the Trajan capitals were first brush-written. Includes Catich’s large brush capitals A-Z and instructions on making them. Full of illustrations. A superb reprint for all interested in Roman caps.

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Formerly B1540-P and B1540-H



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B3959. Script Lettering and Design / Schneider
B3959. Script Lettering and Design: Anywhere, Anytime, and on Anything by Linda Schneider. 2017. 8.5"x11".

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Don’t limit your script repertoire. Like the pointed pen, the pointed brush makes a wider stroke with pressure. In this instructional manual, Linda Schneider shows how you can write Spencerian and Copperplate with a pointed brush marker (or a brush). Create beautiful and colorful script letters anywhere, anytime without having to deal with liquid ink. One section covers brush-written ornamental flourishes. Linda’s favorite brush markers for script are Pitt Brush Pens (M43, M43-LS, M43-LS2) and a Pentel Sign Pen (M97).



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B152. Ornate Pictorial Calligraphy / Lupfer
Ornate Pictorial Calligraphy By E.A. Lupfer. (1951) 1982. 78pp. 8"x11". Paper.

Instructions and examples of pictorial flourishes: quills, birds, swans, etc.

Originally published by Dover under the title "Fascinating Pen Flourishes"

Recommend by Heather Held for the many examples shown.




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