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Scratch & Dent

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This section contains books that have had a slight amount of damage.
Each item is just one book. So when it is gone, that item will be removed.

SD1. Yves Leterme: Litterae
SD1. Yves Leterme: Litterae

Small amount of cosmetic damage to the box.. No damge to actual book.

Yves Leterme: Litterae is a unique boxed collection of 24 calligraphic works, finely printed on individual sheets of cover stock, approximately 8-1/4" x 5-7/8". The works are all Latin quotations, each masterfully rendered by Yves in a calligraphically fitting style. The reverse side of each sheet contains the Latin text again along with an English and Dutch translation. The accompanying 36-page book (in English) provides background for the quotes and the calligraphy: Yves is a classical scholar as well as a skilled scribe. The Roman authors, their work, and the chosen quotations are discussed, and Yves provides an account of the creation for each of the 24 calligraphic compositions. Both the works and the small book are full-color and are presented in a stylish gift box.

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SD2. Designing Faces, Figures, Florals.../Schnieder
Designing Faces, Figures, Florals and More: Contemporary Ornate Pictorial Calligarphy by Linda Schneider. 2009. 63pp. 8.5x11. Paper spiral

bumped, small tear in edge of spine

A great instructional workbook for pointed pen flourishing. You learn the basics of flourishing and how to those techniques to ornament your work. Linda's flourish style is unique. Instead of feathers and birds, she uses the flourish strokes to create delightful flowers, ladies, dogs and even the Eiffel Tower.

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SD3. Adventures with Letters / Harvey
Adventures with Letters: A Memoir by Michael Harvey. 2012. 236pp. 8.5"x10.75". Hardcover

Damage to the top left corner to the book and dust jacket

Through hundreds of illustrations, this book brings together the many facets of Michael Harvey's work: lettering for book jackets and other projects, lettercutting in wood & stone, type design, and teaching. Designed by the author. Printed in full color throughout.

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SD7. How To Write Copperplate / Ebrahimi
How to Write Copperplate by Hamid Reza Ebrahimi. 2010. 40pp English, 28pp Persian (Farsi). 8.5"x11". Paper

Corners are damaged from transit.

A good, thorough, and beautiful introduction to Copperplate script with letter-by-letter instruction and guide sheets. Use the book with Hamid's online videos for comprehensive instruction. The English text, written in the author's elegant script, is printed in dark brown on cream colored pages. 8 full-color illustrations. Hamid has taught the script since 1997.

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SD8. Art of Letter Carving in Stone/Perkins
The Art of Letter Carving in Stone
By Tom Perkins. 2007. 192pp. 8.5" x 11". Hardcover.


For the beginning and more experienced lettercutter, this how-to manual first covers the basics of letter carving, drawn lettering, and making simple designs in stone. It includes development of 20th-century letter carving; tools,
materials, stone; making an easel; drawing a range of alphabets for use in letter carving; inscriptions, gilding, and painting letters; detailed instructions for V-incising the keystrokes of letters; designing headstones & plaques. Gallery of contemporary letter carvers' work. 380 color photos and diagrams.

Lettercarving, Lettercutting, Letters in Stone, Carving Letters in Stone, Slate inscriptions, Letter cutting in Stone, English letter carvers.

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SD10. Gospels and Acts (St John's Bible)
Saint John's Bible: Gospels and Acts.
Donald Jackson,Artistic Director and Illuminator.
2005. 136pp. 9.75"x15". Hardcover.

Top right corner on the front cover has been bent also damaging the dust jacket. A few of the pages are also bent .

The first volume in a seven-volume series of full-color, page-by-page reproductions from The Saint John's Bible. Gospels and Acts has more than 25 illuminations, including full-page opening illuminations for each of the four gospels.

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SD12. Mastering Copperplate / Winters
Mastering Copperplate Calligraphy: A Step-by-Step Manual by Eleanor Winters. 1989. 192pp. 8.25" x 11". Paper.

Top right corner has been severly bent causing the pages to be bent through out the book.

A self-contained manual for serious students, including beginners. Part one places Copperplate in historical context. Part two begins with a glossary and detailed information on pens, paper, ink, and other materials. It includes indispensable technical tips, guidelines, how to use the pen, and 99 pages of detailed instruction covering minuscule, capitals, numbers, punctuation, and writing in various sizes.
Part three deals with writing in color and the design and execution of simple projects, such as envelopes and small poems.

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SD13. Japanese Alphabet / Mandel
B3966. Japanese Alphabet: The 48 Essential Characters by Gabriele Mandel and Isao Hose. 2007. 148pp. 7.75"x9.5". Hardcover

Dust jacket has been bent and gently torn on the bottom edge

This clear and concise guide to the various Japanese writing systems presents all of the characters (kana) in the traditional order, shown in both the hiragana and katakana versions. Each character is given its own page, which graphically indicates the correct sequence for the individual strokes; provides voiced and unvoiced variants; and presents the Chinese ideogram from which it was derived, the Roman transliteration, and the character in several typefaces.

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SD14. More Creative Lettering / Doh
More Creative Lettering: Techniques & Tips from Top Artists by Jenny Doh. 2015. 144pp. 8"x10". Paper.


This sequel to Creative Lettering showcases 15 entirely new contributors, both well-known and those who should be. All the artists provide tips on their favorite forms of hand-lettering and tools, complete alphabets, and how-to projects based on their signature styles. New techniques include hand-lettering on chalkboards and photographs.

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SD15. Illuminating the Word (2nd Ed) / Calderhead
Illuminating the Word: The Making of The Saint John's Bible (Second Edition) by Christopher Calderhead.
2015. 240pp. 9-5/8" x 11-3/8". Hardcover

Corners are slightly bumped and creased

Takes you on a behind-the-scenes tour of this extraordinary project, telling the story of the scribes and illuminators and the St. John's community as they complete all seven volumes of the Bible. Profusely illustrated with many large images from the Bible & actual-size samples of the scripts used. Extensively revised with about half new text and images.

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