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Hebrew Calligraphy: A Step-by-Step Guide Hardcover – October 31, 1988

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This is the first comprehensive guide to the ancient art of Hebrew lettering. The book offers amateurs, artists, & beginners of all ages everything they need to know to make beautiful Hebrew script. You will find: • Tools & materials needed • Different properties of various pens & inks • The theory of angles & proportion • Portfolio of beautifully hand lettered plates to guide you • Suggestions for the choice of a text, script, layout, & deigns Contents: (major headings only) Part I: Preliminaries & preparation 1. What you need 2. Preparing yourself for calligraphy 3. Theory & practice Part II: The plates • Introduction to the plates • The YOD group • The slanted VAV group • The squared off letter or wedge group • The truncated RESH group • The rounded letter group • The anomalous letter group • Additional plates Part III: Developing an illuminated manuscript 1. After the plates 2. The manuscript 3. Illuminating the manuscript Part IV: The art of the Sofer There are illustrations throughout the book.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 186 pages
  • Publisher: Schocken Books (October 31, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805237208
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805237207
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,847,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By bookology on January 8, 2006
Format: Paperback
There are many books on roman script calligraphy, but this is one of only a handful on hebrew calligraphy. No prior knowledge of general calligraphy or the hebrew alphabet is assumed. Detailed instruction on forming the standard hebrew square script is provided, along with a short annotated bibliography of additional scripts and medieval examplars. This book is a fine introduction for beginning hobbyists and is available at reasonable prices. More serious hobbyists and aspiring professionals will be better serves by seeking out the much more rare and expensive book by Cara Goldberg Marks called 'Handbook of Hebrew Calligraphy.'
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. V. Rose on November 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book teaches you a basic form of hebrew calligraphy, and then shows you different types of fonts. It also teaches you how to hold the pen, how to draw lines in angles and degrees, and how to erase mistakes.

This book is very helpful, and perfect for a beginner. A********
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ginevra on December 18, 2011
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I was surprised to find that this book spent most of its time covering the basics of calligraphy in general and included no models for decorative Hebrew scripts. This is not a good book for the intermediate, much less, advanced scribe of any alphabet. Most of the book talks about calligraphy tools you need, lighting, work space, how to hold a pen, etc. at a level that is only appropriate for someone completely unfamiliar with calligraphy. There is very specific instruction on each letter, and how each is formed, but in only one basic style. There is only one page where you can see a comparison of Ashkenazic and Sephardic scripts, and they are not elaborate examples. There are eight b/w illustrations of manuscripts, but they are so small you can't see the lettering. If you are doing a serious project in Hebrew script, and already have basic experience with calligraphy tools, this book is only going to show you one basic script option, which probably won't be enough. If you are new to calligraphy and just want to be able to create basic Hebrew lettering with a nib pen, then this is a good introduction.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Seantrell on January 6, 2012
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This book helps a person write the Hebrew letters. Very basic for the beginner, but a good start. Order it and get started with your Hebrew calligraphy.
Shalom
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