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B4111. Waters Rising: Letters from Florence B4111. Waters Rising: Letters from Florence /Waters.
2016. 496 pages. 7.25"x10.5". Hardcover & DVD
In Waters Rising: Letters from Florence, renowned calligrapher Sheila Waters recounts the story of the role that her husband Peter Waters (1930–2003) played as the person in charge of organizing the monumental efforts to save severely damaged books in the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze (National Library, Florence) after the devastating flood in 1966 fifty years ago.
In addition to letters and Sheila’s narrative diary and timeline of events, Randy Silverman, Head of Preservation, University of Utah, has written a thought-provoking introduction that puts those conservation efforts into the context of today’s practices. Also, Valerii P. Leonov has written an appreciation of Peter’s assistance in the aftermath of a fire in 1988 that ravaged the Library of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The accompanying DVD features a digital remastering of Roger Hill’s film Restoration of Books, Florence, 1968.
Waters Rising has received the Society of American Archivists’ 2017 Preservation Publication Award. It is given in recognition of writing of superior excellence and usefulness that advances the theory or practice of preservation in archival institutions.
SD18. Divine Inspiration / Noad B4171. Divine Inspiration. Foreword by Timothy Noad. 2016. 52pp. 8.25"11-5/8". Paper
These copies have damaged spines- bent and torn.
This full-color exhibit catalog features 86 pieces of letter art and illumination. The works are from Fellows of the Society of Scribes and Illuminators, along with a juried selection of pieces by lay members. A total of 52 scribes are represented. Some pieces are pure lettering, black on white. Others are filled with color. There are books and carved slate and other three-dimensional works along with the many works on paper, cloth, and vellum. The range of styles is wide, though in all legibility is a primary focus. The SSI celebrated its 95th year with this exhibit. The catalog is an issue of The Scribe.
B4120. Beginning Illumination: Learning the Ancient Art / Travers B4120. Beginning Illumination: Learning the Ancient Art, Step by Step by Claire Travers. 2016. 80pp. 8.5"x11". Hardcover
This photo-filled guide offers you all the information you need to begin the fascinating ancient art of illumination and then to improve your skills.
Starts with a short history of illumination with photos from medieval masterpieces, then you're introduced to the materials and basic techniques. You learn the proper ways of preparing vellum, selecting pigments, gilding, and using color. Next, the steps of illuminating are clearly taught in detail, step by step. Discusses borders, human faces, flourishes, dragons and other creatures, and much more.
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.