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B4085. Alphabets: A Miscellany of Letters / Sacks B4085. Alphabets: A Miscellany of Letters by David Sacks. 2010. 240pp. 9"x11". Hardcover
This lavish colorful collection, from A to Z, of alphabetic examples explores the language of letters in a fascinating and largely visual way. Starting with the origins of the written word, it then explores the alphabet through illustrations, found objects, graphic design, art, conceptual typography, graffiti, and much more. It features letters of all shapes and sizes and alphabets ranging from Victorian classroom aides, Dr. Seuss’ ABC, and the alphabet’s use in art, to ABC Blocks, phonetics, Braille, and alphabet ice cube molds. This beautiful compendium will inform and entertain.
B3841. Just My Type: A Book About Fonts / Garfield B3841. Just My Type: A Book About Fonts by Simon Garfield. 2011. 356pp. 9.25"x6.25". Hardcover
A fun history of type design with great and interesting details. Includes thoughts on which typefaces on your computer are actually worth using. An enjoyable and informative read. Recommended by Annie Cicale and others.
B4095. Illumination: Gold and Colour / Lovett B4095. Illumination: Gold and Colour by Patrica Lovett. 2015. 164pp. 8.25"x8.25". Paper
A practical guide to the use of gold and color, both for easy and quick projects, using basic materials and for more involved projects with vellum and parchment, quills, color, gold, and gesso. All lead up to a presentation of the step-by-step stages in gilding and painting a medieval miniature. Instruction boxes make the processes easy to see and follow.
B4099. Textual Art / Sonsino B4099. Textual Art: Inspirations and Techniques for Creating Art with Calligraphy by Simon Sonsino. 2015. 104pp. 8.5"x8.5". Hardcover
The author shares his unique personal approach to abstract letterform, showing you simple but striking techniques for creating your own art with calligraphy. For beginners and improvers.
Contains step-by-step instructions for techniques and is illustrated in full color throughout. It also features work by some of the world's leading contemporary calligraphers: Gemma Black, Yukimi Annand, Thomas Ingmire, Denis Brown, and Yves Leterme.
B4104. De Collectie / Broes B4104. De Collectie: Letters, Tekens, Symbolen by Jan Broes. 2015. 168pp. 9.5"x11". Hardcover
Filled with calligraphic works, most full-page or nearly so, with many large details. Features works on paper and works cut in stone by European lettering artists, including multiple works by Werner Schneider, Elmo van Slingerland, Jean-Claude Lamborot, Hans Schmidt, and Heinz Schumann, as well as work by John Stevens. Text is in Dutch, French, & German.
B4103. Signs of Italy / Clough B4103. Signs of Italy: Outdoor Lettering Up and Down the Boot by James Clough. 2015. 248pp, 12"x8.5". Hardcover
Before typefaces and fonts dominated the scene, there was no standardization in Italy of letterforms for commercial signs, and there were no printed manuals for signwriters. This detachment from standard models and the craftsmanship and creativity of the signmakers and designers are what make Italian signs so extraordinary, and provides such a variety of original letterforms. Whimsical, intuitive, humorous, improvised, and elegant: Italian signs are a mirror of Italian society. From the ornate Tuscan style of the 19th century to the eccentric letters of Art Nouveau, from the grandiose architectural lettering of the 1930s to the exquisite surviving examples of the old signwriters, from fascist ghost signs to lettering on manhole covers, the book takes you on a fascinating lettering tour of Italy. Over 300 full-color photographs.
B4107. Buchstäblich: Hans Schmidt B4107. Buchstäblich: Hans Schmidt, Arbeiten von (Work from) 1992-1998. 1998. 34pp. 8.25"x10.25". Paper
Displays 28 letterworks, both on paper and sculptural. Includes introduction by Javis Lauva. The title is, perhaps, a play on words: Buchstäblich is the German word for “literally” and Buchstaben is German for “letters,” hence “literally letters,” an apt description of Schmit’s art. Text in German.
B4109. Hans Schmidt: Vom Linearen zum voluminösen B4109. Hans Schmidt: Vom Linearen zum voluminösen (from linear to voluminous). 48pp. 8.25"x10.25". 2008. Paper
Displays around 50 pieces, including woodcuts and other works on paper; books; and relief works, sculptural works in metal, wood, and ceramics. Covers work from 1992 to 2007. Introduction by Stefan Soltek and a brief bio of Schmidt. Text in German