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Ornate Pictorial Calligraphy: Instructions and Over 150 Examples (Lettering, Calligraphy, Typography) Paperback – August 1, 1982


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Product Details

  • Series: Lettering, Calligraphy, Typography
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; New edition edition (August 1, 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780486219578
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486219578
  • ASIN: 0486219577
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By JLS on January 17, 2012
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True, there is an abundance of flourished birds as examples in this book, but each one is beautifully done... The designs are all different examples of how TO flourish something, whether it be a bird or not. The bird is taken into account so much due to it's excellent curvature for practicing with the pen and because the quill pen itself was so important, historically, as the book describes. A lot of the prints are so beautifully ornate that you have to take a good look to even see if there is a bird. But it does offer simple exercise instruction and tips, examples with lettering and such. I do not regret adding this book to my library.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Jean on April 24, 2012
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Beautiful examples of flourishing done by old masters. It also has 12 pages of basic instructions on flourishing. Definitely a book worth having in your collection
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Megan Hillman on June 4, 2014
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which isn't a horrible thing.I still think there is lots to learn from the bird flourishes technique wise. But there are more than i had expected. (about 2/3 of the flourishes in this book include a bird or feather) I don't really think there's a whole lot of variation overall. There's not much text swashes in this book, which i had hoped for. Also, they are all very complex and busy looking—i thought there'd be a variety. For the price though, not a bad purchase. i will definitely use this for reference.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Vidalia11 on March 3, 2012
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I got this from the library but I may have to buy it. The illustrations are mainly flourished birds but the curves and ornaments can be studied and admired for hours. There are instructions and small examples of curves to copy, but I don't think I could replicate them. I just like looking at the beautiful examples. It's a lovely form of American penmanship that is mostly gone except for wedding invitations and diplomas.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Whitecob on June 27, 2014
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Pages of beautiful pictures, flourishes abound. Birds, quills, ect. The book is full of detailed pictures made by old school ornamental penmen. This book has minimal directions on how to, a couple pages is all. If you are looking for a book full of fine art specimens this is it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Allan on May 26, 2014
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I was beginning to doubt that there was a book available that taught this kind of artwork. I have not found one like it.
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By hamo on April 29, 2014
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the book shows some nice flourish strokes, but most include birds in the design. not a lot of variety in the pages.
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By Bart O'Brien on April 23, 2014
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This book has a great teaching style, for me at least. It was easy to fallow along and the exercises are turning out to be start. I have learned a lot and continue to sit it beside me as I work.
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