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The Calligrapher's Bible: 100 Complete Alphabets and How to Draw Them Spiral-bound – September 30, 2003
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Pen World International, January 2004
--This text refers to the Hardcover-spiral edition.
From the Back Cover
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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Top Customer Reviews
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!!
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
Numerals and punctuation
Illumination and ornamentation
Tips for left-handed calligraphers
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..
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A bit misleading, as I thought this would be The Holy Bible written in calligraphy. Turns out, it's a "play on words". Read morePublished 3 days ago by Zach Levin
Great job of displaying various hands; only wish they were slightly larger.Published 4 days ago by Michael Longfellow
I'm just a beginner and this book's instructions are very easy to follow. All it takes is, practice, practice, practice.Published 12 days ago by Patricia
Love this book! Physically it is smaller than I expected, but I like the smaller size because I'm left handed and have to scoot my calligraphy stuff around the table constantly so... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Sarah Sylvest
Got this for my kids for Christmas. They enjoyed looking at it and learning from it.Published 16 days ago by crag