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Ancient Scandinavian Designs (International Design Library) Paperback – October, 1985


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Product Details

  • Series: International Design Library
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Stemmer House Pub; 1st edition (October 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0880450738
  • ISBN-13: 978-0880450737
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.5 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,239,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Oavde on May 30, 2005
Format: Paperback
Furiously disappointed with this book, the contents of which are basically 44 pictures in black and white (and not greyscale, but solid black, and the white of the paper) of typical scandinavian patterns. There are 4 pages at the front talking of the history in general but nothing specific for each of the pictures.

The purpose of this book seems to be for people to transfer the images onto something else (by tracing etc..) but really, there is little substance to it, and you could find better pictures with a simple google search.

This book would have been far better with detailed explanations of the diagrams, their origins, photos of originals and greyscale, or dare I ask, colour. A great opportunity missed by the author. As it stands, it is worth approximately $2.00 only, with free postage.

A vastly superior work is "the Dragon and the Griffin" which is a 160 page book that details the elements of the designs and the progress through time.

I hate to have posted such a negative review but wish to save people the waste of time and money I endured due to the other favorable reviews, which I suspect were friends of the author.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. Christian on September 15, 2005
Format: Paperback
A fair, but not terribly comprehensive collection (but then maybe I'm just spoiled by George Bain's "Celtic Art: The Methods Of Construction," which IS terribly comprehensive). All designs in this book are taken directly from viking artifacts, but drawn in bold black line drawings for easy tracing, copying, or whatever else you want to use them for.

I nice addition to my celtic/nordic art library.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is an excellant source for Scandinavian designs, usefull for art work and illistration. But I found it did not meet my needs for stenciling and interior designs. Great for Rose mauling techniques.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen May on February 22, 2013
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Great designs patterns and lots of information . A excellent book for the novice or expert . If you like to embroider and excellent source for patterns. And if you are a member of the SCA ( Society for the Creative Anachronism ) and are into illumination or embroidery this is an excellent book to start out with.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Libby on June 9, 2013
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I got this book to use for my own drawing references as well an aid to help me plan a Scandinavian tattoo. Its been fun to page through and look at the beautiful designs.
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