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B2504. At Home with Artistic Penwork (Individual) B2504. At Home with Artistic Penwork
By Stephen A Ziller. 8.5" x 5.25". Paper.
First published in the 1940s for home instruction.
Choose from five instructional books on pointed pen work:
Book 1- Business Writing (64pp.)
Book 2 - Artistic Writing: Spencerian & Ornamental (32pp),
Book 3 - Card Writing (32pp),
Book 4 - Engrossing Alphabets (32pp),
Book 5 - Bird & Design Flourishing (32pp)
B4126. Calligraphy for Everyone (Russian) / Pronenko B4126. Calligraphy for Everyone by Leonid Pronenko. 3rd Edition, 2017. 320pp. 7.6"x11.4". Hardcover
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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).
B4147. Caporali Missal: A Masterpiece of Renaissance Illumination B4147. Caporali Missal: A Masterpiece of Renaissance Illumination by Stephen N. Fliegel. 2013. 130pp. 9"x11.5". Paper
The Caporali Missal, a sumptuous and important Renaissance missal—or service book for the priest at the altar—was illuminated by the Caporali brothers for the Franciscan community in the hillside town of Montone, near Perugia, in 1469. This exhibition catalog celebrates this important manuscript, recently acquired by the Cleveland Museum of Art, with exquisite reproductions that bring the illuminated pages to life. Additional works by the Caporali brothers and relevant art from the museum's and other collections elucidate the history, style, content, function, and authorship of the missal. Illustrations of a chalice and a paten, a chasuble, and a processional cross enhance the religious and aesthetic context of the manuscript. A series of essays by eminent scholars examine the influence of Florentine artists on the Caporali brothers and explore the spiritual life of the Franciscan community and the history of the friary at Montone.
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.
B4149. Australian Artists Books / Selenitsch B4149. Australian Artists Books by Alex Selenitsch. 2009. 121pp. 8.75"x9". Paper
Respected Melbourne-based poet and architect Alex Selenitsch provides an informative examination of the entire collection of artists' books held by the National Gallery of Australia, highlighting 20 books from the collection. Includes over 135 illustrations and discussions of artists' books by Ian Burn, Robert Jacks, Bea Maddock, and Mike Parr. The author also provides an in-depth analysis of works by 16 other artists.
B4145. Illuminated Letters Sketchbook / Sullivan B4145. Illuminated Letters Sketchbook by Jane Sullivan. 2016. 160pp. 6.3"x8.5". Hardcover
Learn how to illuminate your writing like the scribes of the past! Bring letters to life with plant and animal motifs, swirling vines and leaves, graceful arabesques and flourishes, fantastical imagery, and more. Draw creatures cavorting across the page as Gothic illuminators did, or create the knotwork seen in famous Celtic manuscripts. Step-by-step tutorials, tips for creating striking effects, and blank letterforms you can illuminate yourself make this the perfect modern-day guide to the medieval art of beautiful writing. The book contains space on pages for the artist to create their own letters right inside the book (the pages are printed with a light blue graph).
Includes an elegant spring-green ribbon bookmark with which to keep your place.
B4165. Medieval Monsters / Kempf & Gilbert B4165. Medieval Monsters Damien Kempf and Maria L. Gilbert. 2015. 96pp. 6"x7.5". Hardcover
Medieval Monsters shows how strange creatures sparked artists’ imaginations to remarkable heights. Half-human hybrids of land and sea mingle with bewitching demons, blemmyae, cyclops, and multi-headed beasts of nightmare and comic grotesques. Over 100 wondrous and terrifying images offer a fascinating insight into the medieval mind.
B4166. Painted Labyrinth / Brown B4166. Painted Labyrinth: The World of the Lindisfarne Gospels by Michelle P. Brown. 48pp. 8"x10". Hardcover
Both illustrated and readable, the book is divided into short sections, each examining an aspect of the Anglo-Saxon world, the heritage of the people who lived and ruled at this time, and how and why this great book was created. There is a list of suggested further reading, and a complete list of artifacts and manuscripts in the accompanying exhibition.
B4159. Adventures of Gillion de Trazegnies B4159. The Adventures of Gillion de Trazegnies: Chivalry and Romance in the Medieval East by Elizabeth Morrison and Zrinka Stahuljak. 2015. 176pp. 9.3"x12.2". Hardcover
Roman de Gillion de Trazegnies, a 15th-century illuminated manuscript, tells the story of the bizarre adventures of a nobleman from the family of Trazegnies, whose seat was in Hinaut (now Belgium). Part travelogue, part romance, part epic, it traces the exploits of Gillion on his journeys to Egypt, where he becomes a bigamist, and then dies in battle, a hero. This book combines a complete reproduction of the manuscript's illustrations, a partial translation of the text, and essays that explore the vibrant cultural, historical, and artistic contexts. There are 9 illuminated full pages and 44 enlarged initials letters, all wonderfully printed. The illuminations of are full of different secular scenes from noble life. Of particular note are the many ships in the illuminations. The chapter openings have greatly enlarged images that show great detail, including of how the faces were painted. It perfect for SCA scribes: great images that are finely printed, combined with good background information.