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Scratch & Dent


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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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.

DUST JACKET IS SLIGHTLY TORN ON THE TOP ON THE SPINE Slight shelt wear in addition.

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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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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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.



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SD23. Bookbinding & Conservation HC / Don Etherington
Bookbinding & Conservation: A Sixty-Year Odyssey of Art and Craft by Don Etherington. 2010. 180pp. 8.5"x11". Hardcover

The last 8 pages have deep dents in the middle of the page

Don Etherington began bookbinding at the age of thirteen and went on to study bookbinding and design at the London School of Printing. This autobiography takes you through his lifelong journey of bookbinding and conservation, including his teaching and his journey from Europe to the US, where he became Training Officer and Assistant Restoration Officer at the Library of Congress in 1970. This account of his personal and professional life includes his generous contribution to the conservation effort in Florence, Italy, following the great flood that caused incredible damage to thousands of books. Etherington's work can be found in collections worldwide. Numerous personal photographs and a gallery of Etherington's fine bindings.



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SD25. How To Write Copperplate / Ebrahimi
How to Write Copperplate by Hamid Reza Ebrahimi. 2010. 40pp English, 28pp Persian (Farsi). 8.5"x11". Paper

These copies have slightly bumped corners, there is no damage to the interior.

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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SD35. Calligraphy Alphabets for Beginners
Calligraphy Alphabets for Beginners:The Easy Way to Learn Lettering and Illumination Techniques by Mary Noble and Janet Mehigan. 2008. 256pp. 6.5"x8". Hardcover, concealed spiral

Minor damage to the bottom of the cover for the spiral binding.

Presents instruction for Uncial, Foundational, Carolingian, Italic, Flourished Italic Copperplate, Gothic, Lombardic Capitals & numerals. Letters are presented in groups of similar forms with ductus and stop-action photos. Final section presents adding metallics and color to letters and pieces using some newer techniques.

REVIEW: These small format hidden spiral hardcover books are very popular. They don't take up area on your work space, and unlike paperbacks, they lie completely flat. No matter how you learn best, there is instruction for you. In this instructional manual each letter is presented individually with ductus, that is the combination of the letter with the little arrows and numbers indicating stroke sequence and direction. For those who like written instructions, this stroke order and direction is put into words as well. And finally there is a three panel strip of stop action photography showing the pen as it constructs the letter. That is not totally accurate. The pen is not actually stroking the letter as there is no ink in the pens used. However, this is actually a visual plus. Because the tip of the pen is not coated in black ink, you can see how more clearly how the the pen is placed on the paper. The letters of each hand are presented in a logical sequence. Generally letters with similar shapes are presented before moving on to other letters of similar shapes. At the bottom of each page, there are one line exercises to develop rhythm & help with spacing.

The hands (alphabets) are also presented in a logical sequence. Uncial is first. Stan Knight has proposed this as beginning alphabet over Italic. Unlike italic, there is no slant to the letters. There is only a majuscule (capital) alphabet to learn. So the student can gain working facility with a basic Uncial alphabet more quickly than italic. From Uncial its Foundational minuscule (lowercase), Roman majuscules, Carolingian, Formal Italic, Flourished Italic Copperplate, Gothic, Lombardic Capitals. They finish up with numbers and the ampersand. Instruction is given only for an upright set of numbers, exemplars are provided for Carolingian and Gothic. You are left on your own for Italic, Copperplate and Lombardic Capitals. If you already own instruction books by Mary Noble and Janet Mehigan that cover these hands, you may already have the material in this book.

There is a thirteen page final section on adding color and gold to calligraphic pieces. The authors present a lot in a few pages only allowing for concise instructions.



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SD40. Art & Craft of Hand Lettering
The Art & Craft of Hand Lettering by Annie Cicale. Revised 2011. 192pp. 10"x10". Paper

*Slight damage to cover, inside is not damaged.*

Annie Cicale is well-known to calligraphers throughout the USA and Canada from the many workshops and classes she has taught for guilds and at many of the summer conferences. The new printing has the same fine alphabets and good instruction, but now with larger reproductions of the historical manuscripts. Exemplars include foundational, italic, Roman, black letter, uncial, italic handwriting, pointed pen, brush lettering and ruling pen alphabets. She covers design and includes a generous gallery. Color throughout. Our most highly recommended instructional book for broad-edged calligraphy. Great for classes or self-study.

Take a peek at the cover, title page, and table of contents of the new printing!




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