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B4111. Waters Rising: Letters from Florence
B4111. Waters Rising: Letters from Florence /Waters.
2016. 496 pages. 7.25"x10.5". Hardcover & DVD

In Waters Rising: Letters from Florence, renowned calligrapher Sheila Waters recounts the story of the role that her husband Peter Waters (1930–2003) played as the person in charge of organizing the monumental efforts to save severely damaged books in the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze (National Library, Florence) after the devastating flood in 1966 fifty years ago.

In addition to letters and Sheila’s narrative diary and timeline of events, Randy Silverman, Head of Preservation, University of Utah, has written a thought-provoking introduction that puts those conservation efforts into the context of today’s practices. Also, Valerii P. Leonov has written an appreciation of Peter’s assistance in the aftermath of a fire in 1988 that ravaged the Library of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The accompanying DVD features a digital remastering of Roger Hill’s film Restoration of Books, Florence, 1968.

Waters Rising has received the Society of American Archivists’ 2017 Preservation Publication Award. It is given in recognition of writing of superior excellence and usefulness that advances the theory or practice of preservation in archival institutions.



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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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B4120. Beginning Illumination: Learning the Ancient Art / Travers
B4120. Beginning Illumination: Learning the Ancient Art, Step by Step by Claire Travers. 2016. 80pp. 8.5"x11". Hardcover

This photo-filled guide offers you all the information you need to begin the fascinating ancient art of illumination and then to improve your skills. It starts with a short history of illumination with photos from medieval masterpieces, then you're introduced to the materials and basic techniques. You learn the proper ways of preparing vellum, selecting pigments, gilding, and using color. Next, the steps of illuminating are clearly taught in detail, step by step. Discusses borders, human faces, flourishes, dragons and other creatures, and much more.



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B4123. Lines to Live By / Gold
B4123. Lines to Live By: Thoughts on being a 21st-century calligrapher by Mike Gold. 2016. 32pp. 8"x8". Paper

Commercial artist and lettering designer Mike Gold shares his thoughts on making contemporary lettering, accompanied by 44 beautiful, full-color examples of his calligraphic compositions.



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B2504. At Home with Artistic Penwork (Individual)
B2504. At Home with Artistic Penwork
By Stephen A Ziller. 8.5" x 5.25". Paper.

First published in the 1940s for home instruction.
Choose from five instructional books on pointed pen work:
Book 1- Business Writing (68pp)
Book 2 - Artistic Writing: Spencerian & Ornamental (36pp),
Book 3 - Card Writing (32pp),
Book 4 - Engrossing Alphabets (32pp),
Book 5 - Bird & Design Flourishing (48pp)



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B4133. Uncommon Numbers Trilogy
B4133. Uncommon Numbers Trilogy.

Purchase a set of all three books and save!
Includes a slipcase and these three titles:

B2302. Uncommon Numbers Manual / Casey
The Uncommon Numbers Manual
By Brenda Casey (Zoby) 1999. 80pp. 8.5" x 5.5". Paper.

B3148. Uncommon Numbers II edited by Brenda Casey Zoby. 2010. 64pp. 8.5"x5.5". Paper

B2081. Uncommon Numbers: A Source Book for Artists
Edited by Brenda Casey (Zoby) and Barbara Brandt. 1996. 64pp. 8.5"x5.5". Paper




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B4148. History of Writing, A / Christin
B4148. A History of Writing: From Hieroglyph to Multimedia edited by Anne-Marie Christin. 2002. 403pp. 10"x11". Hardcover

A total of fifty-eight lavishly illustrated chapters analyze the role of the image in the history of writing, with detailed commentaries from a team of leading specialists. Together, they explain the evolution of more than 30 key scripts and alphabets and their numerous derivatives. The scope of the material, along with extensive documentation, make this an essential contribution to existing scholarship on this fascinating subject. Illustrated throughout in color and black and white.




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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.



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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.



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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.



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