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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.
B4204. The Calligrapher's Business Handbook / Thorpe B4204. The Calligrapher's Business Handbook: Pricing and Policies for Lettering Artists by Molly Suber Thorpe. 2017. 72pp. 8" x 10". Paper
In this guide to the best practices and pricing strategies for calligraphers and lettering artists, the author of Modern Calligraphy shares her hard-earned insights. Whether you're starting out in creative freelancing, transitioning from a different profession, or running a lettering business that just needs a boost, you will welcome the invaluable ideas in this handbook. Molly has packed these pages with advice covering a range of topics for freelance calligraphers and hand-lettering artists, including: what prices professional calligraphers charge for their services; when to charge a flat rate and when to charge by the hour; how to charge for work for companies and for individual use; how to navigate copyright licensing, knowing your rights, what to include in a project contract, when and how to offer discounts or freebies; and how to get the most bang for your advertising budget, especially when just starting. Full-color throughout.
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
B4022. Scripsit 36.1: Books Arts Issue B4022. Scripsit Book Arts Issue. 2014. 32pp. 8.5"x11". Paper
A gallery of bookworks from nine calligraphers who make books, with comments from the artists and showing a wide range of ways to combine letters and books. The exciting and inspiring works are from David McGrail, Suzanne Moore, Nancy Ruth Leavitt, Elizabeth McKee, Yukimi Annand, Marina Soria, Eliza Holliday, Carol Barton, and Sue Smith.
B4167. Medieval Women / Jackson B4167. Medieval Women by Deirdre Jackson. 2015. 200pp. 9.2"x9.8". Hardcover
This compelling and richly illustrated book explores how women were perceived by others and how they saw themselves—as lovers, wives, mothers, intellectuals, women of God, and members of a vibrant and volatile society. Includes chapters on sexuality, marriage, motherhood, learning, prayer, partronage, and work.
B3940. Outliers / Gladwell B3940. Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell. 2008. 336pp. 8.2" x 5.4". Paper
"It charts people, in many walks of life, who have succeeded and the common factors that can produce success, providing insights that are applicable to us as calligraphers/artists of all levels. The book is fascinating, absorbing, and written with great clarity." Peter Thornton