B4214. Art and History of Calligraphy / Lovett B4214. Art and History of Calligraphy by Patricia Lovett. 2017. 224pp. 8.5"x11". Hardcover.
Presents first a well-illustrated history of calligraphic hands from early Roman Cursive and Uncial through to Edward Johnston's Foundational hand. Next is a longer chapter on how manuscripts are made, covering: pens, pigments, metal leaf, brushes, and vellum, and how they were used to letter, gild, and illustrate manuscripts. A series of full- or multi-page plates of 75 manuscripts follow, with a description of the manuscript, the significance of its text, the hand used, and other facets of its production. The first 50 or so pages span the third through the sixteenth centuries. From English revival and forward are plates from William Morris and Edward Johnston and from fifteen 20th-century scribes.
B3168-P. Gilded Page PB / Whitley The Gilded Page: The History and Technique of Manuscript Gilding by Kathleen P. Whitley. 2009. 238pp. 6"x9". Paperback.
Explains in detail the historical and modern techniques of manuscript gilding, along with recipes and helpful hints. Learn step-by-step methods of applying and burnishing gold, described in a sensible and easy-to-understand way. Learn about the tools, methods, and materials employed in flat, raised, and pattern gilding for manuscripts and paintings, along with historical mordants such as Gesso Sottile, Gum Ammoniac, Gum Arabic, and Garlic Juice; and modern mordants such as Acrylic Gesso and White Glue. Second edition; revised, with the addition of color plates and new information on ancient Egyptian Papyrus gilding.
CD14. Technique of Raised Gilding (CD PDF Book) The Technique of Raised Gilding
By Jerry Tresser. 2006. 72pp. CD in PDF format.
This practical gilding manual provides a scientific and historical analysis of the materials and techniques for
raised gilding with gesso and provides step by step instructions. Tresser approaches gilding as chemist to demystify the craft process and help you to be consistently successful. Provides an in-depth discussion of the preparation and application of the gesso. CD includes color photos, not in the original printed edition. (You need Adobe Acrobat Reader, a free downloadable program, to view/print the book.)
B4298. Medieval Illumination / Denoel & Doyle B4298. Medieval Illumination: Manuscript Art in England and France, 700-1200 by Charlotte Denoel and Kathleen Doyle. 2019. 176pp. 7.5"x10". Paper
Showcases dozens of the finest examples from gospel-books and saint's lives, histories, herbals and more - many never before exhibited and rarely reproduced. They reveal the close artistic and intellectual connections between medieval England and France, where scribes and illuminators often shared stylistic ideas and subject matter. Authors are curators of the British Library and the Bibliothèque Nationale.
B4322. Knightly Art of Battle / Mondschein B4322. The Knightly Art of Battle by Ken Mondschein. 2011. 128pp. 6.2"x9". Paper
This volume offers an intriguing glimpse into the world of late medieval martial arts, from wrestling to fencing with the longsword to the subtle tricks that could be employed when jousting on horseback. Using superb details of lively pen drawings highlighted with gold leaf, the book features some of the most interesting selections from Fior di Battaglia (The Flower of Battle), a manuscript by the renowned Italian fencing master Fiore dei Liberi depicting the knightly arts of fighting with swords, daggers, and polearms, on foot and on horseback, and in and out of armor.