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"Beautifully illustrated examples of alphabets and projects also fill The Calligrapher's Bible by an internationally recognized calligrapher David Harris. The subtitle announces its "100 Complete Alphabets and How to Draw Them", a promise that is more than kept."


Pen World International, January 2004

--This text refers to the Hardcover-spiral edition.

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This comprehensive guide to the art of fine penmanship is the ultimate easy-to-use reference book for anyone interested in creating these elegant letter forms.
100 beautifully crafted calligraphic hands show step-by-step pen strokes and common group structures. Points of interest within each hand ensure correct representation of the characters. An extensive preparatory section details tools, materials, and basic techniques. Beginners and experienced calligraphers alike will be able to extend their repertoire with ease, effortlessly learning the new hands and refining their art. --This text refers to the Hardcover-spiral edition.
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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 256 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd; Spi edition (September 30, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713665041
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713665048
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1.2 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover-spiral Verified Purchase
I have dabbled with calligraphy and have several books myself, most of them are big and have beautiful pictures and present the same styles; Roman, Uncial, Italic and Gothic styles with some variations. I ordered this book because of the raving reviews and its low price and was greatly, pleasantly surprised!

Firstly: the book isn't big in size, it's actually about the size of a normal novel but had 256 pages. Secondly: it is spiral-bound which means it will stay flat and the spirals are inside the cover, safe from damage. And as the book doesn't take up much room on the table it's ideal to have around when you're working. Calligraphy equipment takes a lot of space. And thirdly: yes, there really are lots and lots of styles! I found beautiful, tempting styles with romantic names such as Luxeuil, Cancelleresca and Beneventan. There are two pages for every style, the alphabet is presented on the left page and basic structure on the right one. And many styles seem to include also such rare latters as German double-s, Swedish o (a with a little square on top) and Icelandic o with / over it.

I think this book works best for those who have already done some calligraphy, because it isn't as detailed when it comes to layout and other technical points as some of the books I have, the ones that have big pages and big pictures. But this is a very good book indeed for anyone interested - and look at the price! It's ridiculously low!!
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Format: Hardcover-spiral
This book was a Christmas present to me from my daughter, and it is my favorite book on the subject of Calligraphy. It is spiral bound (Yes, the book lays flat!), which is great and it should be a must, with this type of book.

Its range is from classic Roman to elegant contemporary styles with some history. I found it to be suitable for beginner or expert.

Subject that are included are:

Tools and materials

Layout basics

Numerals and punctuation

Illumination and ornamentation

Tips for left-handed calligraphers
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The Calligrapher's Bible is a must have book for anyone interested in calligraphy. I have been writing in only one style of calligraphy for years. So, I was excited to find this book of 100 complete alphabets of calligraphy. Now, I am learning all types of calligraphy from simple to elegant. The complete alphabet is provided for each style of calligraphy. There are also several examples of how to write letters for each alphabet. It is easy to follow and duplicate the alphabets from the book. The book also describes how to get started and provides some history of calligraphy. I would recommend this book to anyone who is learning calligraphy for the first time or the expert who wants to learn new alphabets.
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I've taken several individual courses in calligraphy and have lots of individual workbooks of alphabets but this book is a concise and complete encyclopedia of different calligraphic hands. A great reference work when you want to find a specific style and also a great reference for beginners.
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Format: Hardcover-spiral
If you only have one calligraphy book--this is an excellent choice! Compact size, lays open flat, clear and detailed instructions. And, unlike many older calligraphy books--good design and layout!

The exemplars are first-rate, if a bit small. But this keeps the book size down, which makes it convenient to have right next to you as you try out the scripts. There are 200, and they are organized in informative chronological categories..

Highly recommended.
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As a calligrapher, I am always trying to find new hands to increase my repetoir. This book has been invaluable to me. With over 100 different scripts, this book keeps me challenged and inspired to continue practicing. I absolutely love the layout of the book and I love how the alphabets are arranged historically. This gives the reader a greater appreciation for the developement of writing - an art that communicates in what is says and what it looks like. Not only does this book give the different letter forms, it explains a little of the History of calligraphy, how to get started, and even has a section on illumination.
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The book is very easy to follow, with diagrams showing you the angle to hold your pen and numbers to show you the order for writing each letter. Absolutely excellent; a must-have for true lovers of this art.
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I recently began a calligraphy service of my own and this book has been a tremendous help. It explores technique and shows exactly how to make all the letters. It's easy to look things up and use, since it has a well-organized table of contents and it lays flat on the table. I'm excited about learning all the new hands described here.
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