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Inspirational Books

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B3962. Happy Lettering with the Right Tools / Koskimäki-Ketelä
B3962. Happy Lettering with the Right Tools by Marika Koskimäki-Ketelä. 2014. 48pp. 11.5"x7.5". Paper.

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This enthusiastic book provides instruction on lettering with ruling pens - traditional ones and the newer ones made specifically for lettering. The author includes how to make a folded pen from an aluminum can, which she calls Can Pens (they are also called Cola Pens). Some instruction is also included for Automatic Pens and Suede Pens.




Your Price $22.50

B4008. 26 Words: Exploring the DNA of Language
B4008. 26 Words: Exploring the DNA of Language. 2013. 62pp. 8.25"x11.75". Paper

Brings together writers from 26 and lettering artists from Letter Exchange to explore the verbal and visual representation of language. Twenty-six writer/lettering artist pairs have collaborated to bring to life an eclectic selection of words. Each pair randomly chose a word to represent each letter of the alphabet by inserting a knife in a dictionary. The book presents an exhilarating and enlightening journey in words, exploring their power to inspire our imaginations. Presented in two and three dimensions, the works are as varied as the imaginations of the writers and artists involved: in turns thought-provoking, profound, exciting, and exuberant.




Your Price $27.50

B4101. Schreiben mit Hand und Herz / Pott
B4101. Schreiben mit Hand und Herz: Kalligrafische Erfahrungen (Writing with Hand & Heart: Calligraphic Experiences) by Gottfried Pott. 2016. 144pp. 8.25"x11.7".

In books and seminars, Gottfried Pott has taught the art of calligraphy for 30 years. In this new and very personal book, Pott describes his calligraphic experience. Covering many years, he takes you on a journey into his create process, discussing individual works. With the keyboard as the main means for transmitting text, one can now approach text in an individual and authentic way. And freed from the task of informing, the scribe concentrates on interpreting the text. This writing by hand intensifies the confrontation with the words. Thought becomes visible action. Attention is given to the moment. The letter refuses to always fit to a narrow purpose. The text becomes image.

Unlike, his earlier books, the relationship between text and calligraphic artwork in this book is very intensive. The text, illustrations, and the book’s design create an integrated whole. It is a passionate statement, visual and verbal, for the power of writing by hand. German text. 100 calligraphic works are shown.




Your Price $49.00

B2787. Bible of Illuminated Letters/Morgan
The Bible of Illuminated Letters: A Treasury of Decorative Calligraphy by Margaret Morgan. 2006. 256pp. 5.75" x 7.75". Hidden spiral hardcover.
Retail Price $24.99.

Step-by-step instructions for creating 12 illuminated alphabets, including Celtic, Saxon, Gothic, Romanesque and Modern Revival. Both caps and minuscules are presented along with borders and decorations. Gilding is also covered. Gallery of historical and contemporary illuminated letters. More than 400 color illustrations.
Published as Illuminated Letters: A Treasury of Decorative Calligraphy in the U.K.




Your Price $24.99

B1277. Explicatio Formarum Litterarum/Aris
Explicatio Formarum Litterarum: The Unfolding of Letterforms by Rutherford Aris. 1990. 50pp. plus 23 foldout plates. 9.5"x12.25". Paper over boards.

This book displays as graphically as possible the development of the forms of the Latin letters from the first to the fifteenth centuries. The foldout plates contain nearly 200 black & white reproductions of various scripts. The text relates the development of letters to that of other arts, making comparisons that shed light on the spirit of an entire age; for example, between the evolution of gothic letters and the pointed arches in gothic cathedrals. Many other fascinating insights into medieval thought, culture & history are included in the book.

Download the errata sheets for Explicatio Formarum Litterarum.




Your Price $35.00

B255. Universal Penman / Bickham
B255 The Universal Penman by George Bickham. (1741) 1954. 212pp. 9"x13.75". Paper.

212 pages done by a number of English master penmen of the 1700s, all engraved by Bickham. Shows a variety of Copperplate hands in a variety of sizes. Much non-pictorial flourishing. This is not an instructional manual, but for the study of letterforms this is the best historical source book.




Your Price $22.95

B3398. WordsWork / Australian Society
WordsWork: Calligraphy and Lettering Art of Australia and New Zealand - 2009-2010. 2010. 150pp. 8.75x11.25. Paper

Presents the talents of 72 Australian and New Zealand calligraphers and lettering artists. It is a showcase of traditional and nontraditional calligraphic art, from works on canvas, vellum, and paper to sculptures, book art, clothing, ceramics and more. 170 color photos. Published by the Australian Society of Calligraphers. Full-color throughout.




Your Price $29.95

B900. Words of Risk / Gullick
B900. Words of Risk: The Art of Thomas Ingmire
By Michael Gullick. 1989. 90pp. 65 illus., many in full color. 9" x 12". Paper

Using words as subjects, Ingmire's work has progressed from the transcription of texts to complex multi-layered visual statements. His juxtaposition of and interplay between words and images challenge the traditional role of calligraphy as "decorated writing." The book describes the work and working process of Ingmire and reproduces virtually all of his major pieces, many in full color.




Your Price $25.00

B3044. Art Expose/Judy Melvin
B3044. Art Expose: A Collection of Techniques for Creative Expression by Judy Melvin. 2008. 20pp. 8.25"x8.25". Paper.

Judy Melvin has put her workshop notes into book form. It's a book of how to make beautiful artwork using the techniques for creative expression that she teaches. Full color.
Includes: Sumi Ink & Sink Art, Sumi Ink & TECH Ink, Gesso, Pastels & Stencils, Bleach & Pastels, and Walnut Ink.




Your Price $14.95

B135-H. Historical Scripts / Knight
B135-H. Historical Scripts: From Classical Times to the Renaissance by Stan Knight. 112pp. 9"x12". Hardcover.

An indispensible resource for the study of historical hands. Stan has selected the best examples for Rustic Capitals, Square Capitals, Uncials, Half-Uncials, Caroline Minuscules, Gothic Scripts, Versals, Renaissance Roman and Italics - total of 56 different inscriptions and manuscripts! Enjoy the book with its excellent visuals as it presents the history and developments of the hands. And, if so inclined, use the book to study the forms and replicate with pen and ink. For each manuscript, Stan provides an enlarged section (for letterforms), the full page (for page design), and an actual-size sample (to show you rhythm and letter & word spacing). The perfect complement to Sheila Waters' Foundations of Calligraphy.

The revised and enlarged edition (1998) of this valuable resource. Forward by Ewan Clayton. Includes a helpful glossary and extensive bibliography. Stan Knight is an internationally recognized lettering artist, teacher and author. He is a fellow of the Society of Scribes and Illuminators.




Your Price $39.95

B1535. Una Hoja del Arbol de la Vida
B1535. Una hoja del arbol de la vida
1990. 20pp. 8.5"x11". Paper.

This exhibit catalog contains full color reproductions of 24 pieces from a calligraphy exhibition in memory of Guillermo Rodriguez-Benitez held in September 1990. Includes work by John Woodcock, Robert Boyajian, Hermann Zapf, John Stevens, Werner Schneider, Donald Jackson and others. Suzanne Moore.




Your Price $10.00

B4055. William Addison Dwiggins: Stencilled Ornament and Illustration
B4055. William Addison Dwiggins: Stencilled Ornament and Illustration Expanded Edition by Dorothy Abbe and Bruce Kennett. 2015. 112pp. 6.75"x9". Paper.

A classic from the man who coined the term graphic design - There has never been anyone in the design world like William Addison Dwiggins (1880-1956). The first American to call himself a graphic designer, he applied his prodigious talents in the fields of typography, calligraphy, illustration, and even puppeteering - a more fitting title might have been Renaissance man. He is best known for his book designs, which combine his expertise in calligraphy, use of stencils, and typography. Very little has been published on Dwiggins, until now. The first of several planned volumes on his incredible legacy, this reprint of Stencilled Ornament & Illustration includes the original book, hand-set in an experimental Linotype face he designed, along with stencils and plates illustrating a dizzying array of graphical elements. A new introduction by Bruce Kennett shows how Dwiggins used ornaments, rules, and other elements in his final book and jacket designs. Originally published in a letterpress edition of 120 copies, this important book introduces the unique genius of Dwiggins to a broader audience. 144 illustrations, 24 in color.




Your Price $29.95

B4138. Lettering and Type: Creating Letters and Designing Typefaces
B4138. Lettering and Type: Creating Letters and Designing Typefaces by Bruce Willen and Nolen Strals. 2009. 144pp. 7"x8.5". Paper


Authors and designers Bruce Willen and Nolen Strals examine classic design examples as well as exciting contemporary lettering of all stripes—from editorial illustrations to concert posters to radical conceptual alphabets. Lettering & Type is ideal for anyone looking to move beyond existing typography and fonts to create, explore, and use original or customized letterforms. This latest addition to the best-selling Design Briefs series features a foreword by Ellen Lupton and hundreds of images and examples of work by historical and contemporary designers, artists, and illustrators, including Marian Bantjes, Stefan Sagmeister, Matthew Carter, Christoph Niemann, Steve Powers (ESPO), House Industries, Christian Schwartz, Margaret Kilgallen, James Victore, Abbott Miller, Sibylle Hagmann, Ed Fella, and many more. Throughout the book, interviews with type designers, artists, and graphic designers provide real-world perspective from contemporary practitioners.




Your Price $24.95

B3778. Script Fonts / Geum-Hee Hong
B3778. Script Fonts by Geum-hee Hong. (2010) 2016. 496pp. 5.8x8.8.

This collection of over 330 typefaces includes multiple examples of elegant Italian & French cursives, wonderful copperplate scripts, and casual marker-fonts, plus expressive handwriting, free-style, flamboyant brush, and swash types. In the mix are fonts from well-known foundries as well as new designs from current designers. Presents full fonts. Similar to the popular Fraktur mon Amour. Unlike that book, this one has two to four lines of words, so you can see how the type looks as text. Includes CD for Mac & PC with 122 fonts for you to use. Published earlier under the title of Brush 'n' Script.




Your Price $40.00

B4137. Shadow Type: Classic Three-Dimensional Lettering
B4137. Shadow Type: Classic Three-Dimensional Lettering by Steven Heller and Louise Fili. 2014. 352pp. 7"x9.8". Paper

This book presents a broad spectrum of examples of relief and shadow lettering -- from advertising, shop signs, billboards, posters, type-specimen books -- drawn from the nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries, a particularly rich period for these kinds of letters. The selections are from the United States, Italy, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom, as well as a few from other countries. This collection is packed full of ideas and inspiration -- you will find a surprising number of ways to give depth to letters..




Your Price $40.00

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