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The Calligrapher's Bible: 100 Complete Alphabets and How to Draw Them (Artist's Bible) Hardcover – September 1, 2003
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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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Each hand is prefaced with a blurb about when the hand came to be, and occasionally points out the text that defines or exemplifies the hand (ex.: Insular Majescule, or the Insular Half-Unciel, originated in the British Isles in the 7th century. The Book of Kells and the Lindisfarne Gospels are prime exemplars of this text), which I find fascinating as a study of the actual art of calligraphy, as opposed to just learning to copy the letters in the right shapes.
Each hand is presented on facing pages, with one side showing the alphabet and stroke-order, and the opposite page demonstrating defining characteristics of each hand, by letter group. Each hand has letters grouped differently, based on how the letters are formed in that hand, instead of having a blanket grouping system that may not apply everywhere.
Before the hands begin, too, there is a section on materials, pens, papers, and illumination materials, as well as a section in the back about gilding with both gum ammoniac and gesso. Overall, it is a solid resource for someone who already has some experience with calligraphy, but who would like to learn more hands. I don't recommend it as a first book, because it has few warm-up exercises, and only a few pages in the beginning about learning how the pen feels in your hand and makes strokes. It' s best if you've already gotten comfortable with a pen, perhaps through italic or roundhand calligraphy, and use this as a resource for adding fonts to your repertoire.