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B4026. Letterwriting in Renaissance England
B4026. Letterwriting in Renaissance England. 2005. 216pp. 9"x12". Paper.

We have many books on the formal hands and the books great and small that they were used in. However, there is much less for the general reader on the everyday use of the handwritten word in correspondence. This book fills part of that gap. There are short discussions of tools, letterwriting manuals, the letter and social signals, use of secretaries, love and friendship, and the postal “system.” There are wonderful examples with thorough descriptions, providing further insight into the subject. The book is elegantly designed and finely printed to grace your bookshelves. Though the exhibit is long past, with this book you get to savor it at your leisure, sitting down in a comfortable chair with your favorite beverage.

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B4049. Handmade Type Workshop / Rivers
B4049. Handmade Type Workshop: Tips, Tools & Techniques for Creating Custom Typography by Charlotte Rivers. 2011. 175pp. 7.5"x10.2".

This book covers a wide range of lettering and alphabets: illustrated or hand-drawn; printed, stitched, or cut; ones digitally drawn; three-dimensional ones; and ones that use photography. Profile and gallery spreads alternate with tutorial spreads. There is a lot of fun in the book – letters to delight your eye and to give you ideas to try. The tutorials are an excellent addition.

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B3930-P. Golden Thread, The (PAPER) / Clayton
B3930-P. The Golden Thread: The Story of Writing by Ewan Clayton. 2014. 407pp. 6.2"x9". Paper

Marks each step in the historical development of writing, and explores the social and cultural impact of every stage: the invention of the alphabet; the replacement of the papyrus scroll with the codex in the late Roman period; the perfecting of printing using moveable type in the fifteenth century and the ensuing spread of literacy; the industrialization of printing during the Industrial Revolution; the impact of artistic Modernism on the written word in the early twentieth century - and of the digital switchover at the century's close.

Please note: This is the paperback edition of The Golden Thread. The hardcover edition of this title, featured in our full print catalog, is no longer available.

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B4075. Spencerian Handwriting / Spencer
B4075. Spencerian Handwriting: The Complete Collection of Theory and Practical Workbooks for Perfect Cursive and Hand Lettering by Platts Roger Spencer. 2016. 144pp. 7.5"x 9.25". Paper

This title presents Spencer’s Theory of Penmanship and the five accompanying copybooks in one volume, providing examples and instruction, step-by-step lessons, and pages for practice for Spencerian Script, all from Spencer himself. This is not the first reprint of these books, but provides them at a lower cost than previously available.

August 2016: The publisher's prepublication description of this title stated that it included a bonus penmanship text, Penmanship Made Easy by George Bickham. Upon reciept of our initial stock, we have discovered the bonus text is not included.

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DVD61. Write Now! Getty-Dubay Italic Handwriting
DVD 61. Write Now! Getty-Dubay Italic Handwriting.

A self-teaching DVD for a monoline Italic based handwriting. Highly recommended. This DVD provides an ideal opportunity for modeling and is helpful for parents, teachers, and students who prefer visual instruction. 55 minutes.

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B3798. 75 Artist Books: The Kaldewey Press / von Lucius
75 Artist Books: The Kaldewey Press, New York, A Catalogue Raisonné by Clemens von Lucius. 2011. 364pp. 6.7"x9.5". Flexcover. Note: these sale copies are shelfworn.

The Kaldewey Press, established in 1985, has produced 75 artists’ books. It is one of the leading presses for contemporary artist books, and its exquisite volumes have been exhibited worldwide, including at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The proprietor, Gunnar A Kaldewey, has collaborated with artists such as Mischa Kuball, Jonathan Lasker, Heribert C. Ottersbach, Richard Tuttle, and Not Vital. These limited edition books have featured writers from many countries and periods, from Lao Tsu and Ovid to Samuel Beckett and Paul Celan. This profusely illustrated catalogue raisonné presents in detail all seventy-five books published to date, with individual descriptions, an introductory essay, and an interview with Gunnar A. Kaldewey. The press is located in Poestenkill, NY. Approx. 500 illustrations.

To see some interior pages, click here

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B3803. Hermann Zapf Book Combo
This is a special price for the following two books. Save $10 by purchasing together.

B3435. About More Alphabets: The Types of Hermann Zapf by Jerry Kelly with a foreword by Robert Bringhurst. 2011. 112pp. 4.5"x7". Hardcover
In 1960, the Typophiles published a now-treasured chapbook on Hermann Zapf's metal faces. More than 50 years later, this new volume brings you up-to-date, presenting a selection of his major alphabet design projects. Even as letterforms have changed from metal to phototype to digital, Zapf has continued to produce exceptional typefaces - most drawing from pen-made forms. The book is filled with type drawings and trials and other illustrations, some rarely seen. Purchase your copy of this finely-printed letter art treasure designed by Jerry Kelly. (As a used book, the first Zapf chapbook can command $100 or more.). Typophile Chap Book New Series no. 3.

B3796. 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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B4126. Calligraphy for Everyone (Russian) / Pronenko
B4126. Calligraphy for Everyone by Leonid Pronenko. 3rd Edition, 2017. 320pp. 7.6"x11.4". Hardcover

This book is due Winter 2017. Preorder your copy now. Your credit card won’t be charged until the book ships. PayPal orders are charged at time of order; for delayed payment with PayPal, email your order rather than placing your order through our website.

I have a copy of the second edition of this book (2011), and it is a joy to behold. While I don’t read Russian, the hundreds of reproductions of calligraphy, lettering, and calligraphic art - mostly from the last 25 years of the twentieth century - are enough. There are examples from everyone from Alice to Zapf (along with some little-seen works from Russian scribes), filling the vast majority of the 300-plus pages of calligraphic eye candy. It is a picture book - lavishly illustrated is certainly an apt description. The printing is superb, full color throughout, on creamy, uncoated stock. It looks and feels like a book that would cost two or three times a much. I don’t think you will be disappointed. The text is in Russian, so I can’t tell you much about it. A brief history of calligraphy is followed by a section on calligraphic types. The last chapter seems to be about correspondence and has examples of letters to Pronenko, mostly in English, from Martin Jackson, Albert Kapr, Hermann Zapf, Kargeorg Hoefer , Sidney Day, GSE Briem, Tim Girvin, Serrit Noordij, Rick Cusik, among others (there are also some greeting cards in this section).

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B4203. Big Awesome Book of Hand & Chalk Lettering / Rodriguez
B4203. The Big Awesome Book of Hand & Chalk Lettering by Dina Rodriguez. 2017. 208pp. 8.5"x11". Paper.

Get creative, express yourself, and add that personal touch with hand lettering! With illustrated step-by-step instructions, The Big Awesome Book of Hand & Chalk Lettering shows the beginner how to master the art of hand lettering, the composition/design of phrases on the page, and flourishes to embellish the design. It also includes chalk lettering, fun prompts for writing, and 15 projects and gift ideas, ranging from gift tags to a lettered poster to chalk-lettered signs for special events. The Big Awesome Book of Hand & Chalk Lettering covers 15 lettering styles - from Black Letter and "melting" to circus and Victorian, as well as serifs and scripts - along with numerous borders, corners, banners, bursts, frames, and other accents.

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B4191. Reading the Maya Glyphs
B4191. Reading the Maya Glyphs by Michael D. Coe and Mark Van Stone. 2005.176pp. 6"x9". Paper.

Decipherment of Maya hieroglyphic writing has progressed to the point where most Maya written texts?whether inscribed on monuments, written in the codices, or painted or incised on ceramics?can now be read with confidence.

In this practical guide, first published in 2001, Michael D. Coe, the noted Mayanist, and Mark Van Stone, an accomplished calligrapher, have made the difficult, often mysterious script accessible to the nonspecialist. They decipher real Maya texts, and the transcriptions include a picture of the glyph, the pronunciation, the Maya words in Roman type, and the translation into English. For the second edition, the authors have taken the latest research and breakthroughs into account, adding glyphs, updating captions, and reinterpreting or expanding upon earlier decipherments.

After an introductory discussion of Maya culture and history and the nature of the Maya script, the authors introduce the glyphs in a series of chapters that elaborate on topics such as the intricate calendar, warfare, royal lives and rituals, politics, dynastic names, ceramics, relationships, and the supernatural world. The book includes illustrations of historic texts, a syllabary, a lexicon, and translation exercises. Illustrated in two colors throughout

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