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Writing & Illuminating & Lettering Paperback – May 23, 1995


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (May 23, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486285340
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486285344
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 4.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,753,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By W. Robinson on July 30, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent volume by Edward Johnston, the individual responsible for the rediscovery of the broad edged pen and the revival of Calligraphy. He was the founder of "The Society of Scribes and Illuminators", London. This was his first published book and gives an excellent background for the student of calligraphy into the basic knowledge, formats and techniques of the scribes who produced the most beautiful books and documents in history. I would call this the "Bible" of the true craft. It is not a modern book with flashy photos or artwork. It is not from the perspective of a modern artist, learning to incorporate lettering into "art pieces". It is a volume which teaches you the basic historic fundamentals of lettering, layout, illumination, etc., geared to the production of books and documents. I highly recommend it.
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By Carol on November 2, 2014
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The book is a wonderful, in-depth study of how to teach yourself what's in the title. Don't be turned away by first being presented with how to prepare a feather as a quill pen. They were still in use when this was written, you can still purchase goose feathers and follow the instructions (as I've done) to create a wonderful pen, or just skip it. This book is not a quick "teach yourself calligraphy in 30 minutes " but more like a college course that begins with the principles needed for a deeper understanding of the craft.

Even though I've read my Dover paperback version several times over the years, I can't read the Kindle version. Chapter, section, and other division titles and marks are scattered throughout the text of every page; not in one piece, but as individual words. I've been able to struggle through some pretty bad Kindle versions, but I'm going to delete this one. I get angry every time I see it in my library and remember I was charged for a book that obviously never passed under a human eye before being offered for sale.
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Good book, very detailed and informative. But i warn you, the images in the kindle version are disrupted to say the least, I regret not paying the shipping and waiting because trying to discover the illustration will grant you a large headache and great frustration.
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Shprints on June 4, 2011
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The whole book is very soft and very fragile. Paper on cover and inside block is very thin. But the most crucial thing that is page numbers and pages subsequently misplaced, i.e. all left pages are odd (73, 115, 251 etc) and all right pages are even (4, 88,166 etc). Dont buy this reprint!
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10 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Frank Lee on September 7, 2003
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Good historial review of calligraphy, but would not recommend it as a good reference book if you are looking for something to guide and show you how to do calligraphy. Recommend "Encyclopedia of Calligraphy" instead. I purchased first edition many years ago, and accidentally bought this one again. Oh well...
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