User-friendly instructions from an expert on recreating the 4 major medieval styles — early medieval Roman rustic, early Uncial, Carolingian, and late medieval Gothic textura — come to life with profiles of a figure from each era — Julius Caesar, King Arthur, Charlemagne, Robin Hood. Expert advice on spacing, paragraphing, punctuation, more.
Inspired by the calligraphy of the Middle Ages, this treasury of unusual fonts features Gothic typefaces such as Lowenbrau, Kaiser, and Hansa along with the lighter styles of Leipzig, Tory, and Hamburg. 53 fonts.
"Eminent calligrapher, designer and design historian Jan Tschichold here offers admirers of fine art and handwriting a stunning collection of over 300 years of the best of European calligraphic art. Treasury of Calligraphy presents 219 examples of work by dozens of Europe's master calligraphers--the cream of the manuals and copybooks, selected according to Tschichold's personal criteria of expressiveness and aesthetic importance. Here is the near-Gothic rodonda of 16th-century Spaniard Juan de Yciar; the variations on northern Fraktur and southern cursive practices by his German contemporary Caspar Neff; the sparingly used, dramatic ornaments of 17th-century Lyons master François Desmoulins; and magnificent scripts by Palatino, Wyss, Vespasiano, Cresci, van den Velde, Beauchesne and Baildon, Barbedor, Casanova, Snell, Bickham, Stirling and many others."--back cover.
This exhaustive and scholarly annotated bibliography opens access for the first time to the extensive Japanese language resources on calligraphy at the Library of Congress. Contents: Calligraphy Research; Reference Materials; Histories and Commentaries; Calligraphy Connections; Calligraphy Education and Training; Implements; Kao Signatures; Calligraphic Engravings; Calligraphy and Commercial Art; Newspapers and Periodicals; Appendices.
Provides background information and instructions for a series of projects on medieval castles and manors and the people who lived in them, codes and ciphers, and lettering using several different calligraphic alphabets.
Everything you need to know to get started: choosing quality tools, understanding the structure of letters, and learning the basic strokes Includes alphabets, from classic Roman letters, to the intricate traditions of the Middle Ages, to the simple, creative styles of today Hundreds of photos of inspiring, beautiful samples How to embellish your calligraphy with decorative dropped capitals, celtic knotwork, scrollwork, flourishes, and more Learn and master the beautiful and varied art of Western calligraphy. This lavishly illustrated guide includes all the information you need to get started in calligraphy as well as techniques for the more advanced artist, including using color, carving lettering in wood and stone, and creating abstract and ornamental calligraphy designs. The 40 alphabets included are drawn from throughout the rich history of Western calligraphy, from elaborate Gothic lettering to the clean lines of modern alphabets. An essential reference for calligraphers of all levels.
"Calligraphy means beautiful writing, and the twenty-six examples in this collection cover many centuries of this most decorative of traditional crafts. From the uncial religious books of the Dark Ages, through the illuminated manuscripts of medieval times, to the innovative designs of modern scribes, Michael Gullick traces the development of fine lettering in Europe and North America. The large format enables interested readers to examine every curve and line and to compare ancient and modern scripts in minute detail." "A comprehensive guide to the calligrapher's skills, this book is sure to appeal to designers, historians and students of the art of writing."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
This stunningly illustrated new book focuses on 77 intricate, expressive and individual examples of calligraphy from the unparalleled collection of the British Library. The author, a renowned expert on the history of the form as well as a fine calligrapher herself, writes - uniquely - from a practitioner's point of view. Ranging from the Middle Ages, when beautiful calligraphy was a way of celebrating the divine, to the renaissance of the art form by William Morris, to the modern school of calligraphers following in the wake of master typographer Edward Johnston, Patricia Lovett charts the development of calligraphy through the history of European manuscripts. Large-scale full-colour reproductions enable the reader to see the fine detail of each manuscript, and to understand more clearly than ever before the painstaking craft and great artistic skill that were necessary to create these strikingly beautiful pieces of writing.