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B4045. Skies of Parchment, Seas of Ink / Epstein
B4045. Skies of Parchment, Seas of Ink: Jewish Illuminated Manuscripts, edited by Marc Michael Epstein. 2005. 288pp. 8.5"x11". Free media mail shipping (USA only) on this book.

This full survey of Jewish illuminated manuscripts, ranging from their origins in the Middle Ages to the present day, introduces readers to the history of these manuscripts and their interpretations. Features some of the most beautiful examples of Jewish art of all time, including hand-illustrated versions of the Bible, the Haggadah, the prayer book, marriage documents, and other beloved Jewish texts. Magnificently illustrated with pages from hundreds of manuscripts, many previously unpublished or rarely seen.

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B3807. Mastering Hebrew Calligraphy / Pludwinski
Mastering Hebrew Calligraphy by Izzy Pludwinski. 2012. 200pp. 8.66"x11.2". Hardcover

A comprehensive and beautiful guide to the art of Hebrew letter-making. Provides instruction and exemplars for a range of Hebrew scripts and is full of helpful hints and tips on tools and the nuances of the forms, rhythm and spacing. The gallery of dozens of calligraphic images will delight your eyes and excite your imagination. The book is a joyful celebration of the Hebrew letter, with over 200 full-color illustrations and diagrams.

Scripts: Foundational Hebrew Script, Sephardic, Yerushalmi, Ashkenazic, Semi-cursive, and Monoline.
In addition to the scripts, chapters include: Layout & Design, Writing in a Circle, Color & Gold, Combining Hebrew & English, Marks & Numerals, Writing a Ketubah, The Art of the Sofer, Analyzing Historical Manuscripts and Going Wild.

Izzy Pludwinski has been a professional calligrapher since 1980 and has taught Hebrew Calligraphy in Jerusalem for approximately 15 years. His work is in many Letter Arts Review Annuals, and he has provided Hebrew letters for The Saint John’s Bible.

"I received Hebrew Calligraphy this week. Why would a calligrapher who neither speaks nor writes Hebrew order a book entitled Mastering Hebrew Calligraphy? Simply because it is a most marvelous book. Izzy has applied his thirty some years of calligraphic experience and produced a book that speaks to any calligraphic artist. The process is the same, only the letters are different ...monoline first...all the information about tools, cutting quills, and gilding makes sense for any alphabet. The progression from beginning to improvising with the Hebrew makes just as much sense if you substitute Roman Caps. And did I mention the artwork?
The photos and illustrations are terrific. While my rudimentary Hebrew letters may never see the light of day outside my studio (mostly because I wouldn’t have a clue what I was writing), the process of creating them will give me hours of pleasure. Thanks, Izzy!"
Sandy Riddell Wagner, artist and calligrapher, U.S.A.

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B1619. Hebrew Calligraphy Styles/Jonas
Hebrew Calligraphy Styles
By Gina Jonas. 1996. Second edition. 24pp. 5.25"x 8.25". Paper.

Jonas has revised and reprinted her instructional manual adding three contemporary styles and reworking some of the original ones to make them closer to historical models.
Covers Sephardi, Ashkenazi, Ancient, and Mizrachi. Exemplar, ductus and notes on construction given for each style.

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C74. Jewish Illumination Note Cards
Jewish Illuminations Note Cards. Each card reproduces a page from the extraordinary Rothschild Mahzor, an illuminated Jewish prayer book commissioned by a wealthy Italian family in Florence in 1490 and still in immaculate condition.

The full-sized note cards (6.75" x 4.75") come in a keepsake box with envelopes. 20 cards, 5 each of 4 different designs.

$14.95. SALE $9.95. 2/$8.95ea 3/$7.95ea (same or assorted)

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C69. Ketubbot Boxed Notecards
Ketubbot: Traditions in Judaic Ornamentation. Notecards. $14.95

The decorated ketubbah (marriage contract) has been an integral part of Jewish marriages for over two millennia; nowadays, it can often be seen prominently displayed in the homes of married Jewish couples. A legal document bearing the signatures of two witnesses, it outlines the bridegroom's obligations toward his bride, including a repeated commitment to "cherish, honor, support, and maintain" her. The laws regulating the relations between Jewish wives and husbands and their commitments to each other - symbolically embodied in the ketubbah - have remained remarkably consistent.

The ketubbot reproduced on these cards are from the collection of The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary, one of the finest such collections in the world.

Twenty assorted 5"x7" blank note cards (5 each of 4 styles) with envelopes and decorative box.

$14.95. SALE $9.95. 2/$8.95ea 3/$7.95ea (same or assorted)

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