Calligraphy and Illumination: A History and Practical Guide

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Illuminated manuscripts provide a rich source of inspiration for today's calligraphers, artists, and graphic designers. Patricia Lovett, a professional calligrapher and expert on the medieval book arts, looks at the history of calligraphy and illumination, explores the use of gold in miniatures and highlighting, and then shows how to create a variety of projects ranging from the simple to the technically advanced.

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Overview

Illuminated manuscripts provide a rich source of inspiration for today's calligraphers, artists, and graphic designers. Patricia Lovett, a professional calligrapher and expert on the medieval book arts, looks at the history of calligraphy and illumination, explores the use of gold in miniatures and highlighting, and then shows how to create a variety of projects ranging from the simple to the technically advanced.

The step-by-step directions provide ideas for creating letter shapes and page layouts and instructions on how to design and paint a coat of arms. Exquisite illuminated manuscripts from the British Library and other sources illustrate the text, and a detailed reference section provides help in selecting papers and brushes, mixing colors, and preparing and stretching vellum. With special chapters written by experts in the fields of calligraphy, illumination, and heraldry, and clear instructions throughout, this colorful volume is a treasure trove.

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Library Journal
Anyone who has ever had the urge to become a medieval scribe will find this how-to manual essential. Instructions on carving a quill pen, applying gold leaf, designing a coat of arms, and mastering calligraphy and illumination are all included. The art of beautiful writing is explored through rich illustrations of works from the past (many of which are in the British Library and other major European collections) as well as through the works of contemporary calligraphers. Helpful features include instructions on doing page layout, marbling paper, correcting mistakes, choosing papers, processing vellum, and more. The author, herself a professional calligrapher, provides useful guidelines for setting up a calligraphic practice. Other contributors to the book include the well-known calligrapher and type designer Hermann Zapf; Michelle P. Brown, curator of Illuminated Manuscripts at the British Library; and Hubert Chesshyre, one of England's most senior full-time heralds. Highly recommended for all art, academic, and even some public libraries.--Margarete Gross, Chicago P.L. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Adult/High School-Lovett, a professional scribe, has written an amazing book for art students wanting a practical guide to calligraphy, illumination, and heraldry. It is also an amazing resource for those studying the Middle Ages. The author begins with a succinct description of calligraphy including how to sharpen a quill, recognize alphabets, design projects, and run a calligraphy studio. Illumination is discussed in detail with a stunning collection of graphics that describe how to gild and create illumination projects. Photographs of historical and modern illuminations are part of this section of the book. The final chapters pertain to heraldry-its history, design elements, and works of modern heralds. Several chapters written by other experts in the field are included. Readers will find this fine manual easy to read and visually captivating.-Linda A. Vretos, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria, VA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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In this beautifully illustrated volume, Lovett (calligrapher and expert on the medieval book arts) looks at the history of calligraphy and illumination and explores the use of gold in miniatures and highlighting. Step-by-step directions provide both the beginner and experienced calligrapher and graphic designer with ideas for letter shapes and page layouts, as well as instruction pertaining to calligraphy, gilding, designing and painting a coat of arms, and other illumination projects. The text is illustrated with exquisite medieval manuscripts from the British Library and other sources. A detailed reference section offers information on selecting papers and brushes, mixing colors, and preparing and stretching vellum. Chapters by experts in various fields discuss manuscript illumination, calligraphy and handwriting, and heraldry and modern coats of arms. The book contains 225 illustrations, including 175 color plates. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810941199
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/2000
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 8.75 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 7
Calligraphy
Introduction 11
Materials and Equipment 13
Starting to Write 35
Historical Alphabets 43
Experimenting with Letters 101
Working to Commission 107
Ideas with Letters 113
Handwriting and Calligraphy--Rosemary Sassoon 133
Calligraphy and Typeface design--Hermann Zapf 141
Illumination
Introduction 149
The Art of Illumination--Michelle P Brown 151
How to Gild 165
Illumination Projects 187
Heraldry
Introduction 201
The History of Heraldry 203
A Coat of Arms 215
Designing and Painting a Coat of Arms 243
The College of Arms 253
The Modern Herald--D H B Chesshyre, Clarenceux King of Arms 257
Heraldry Around Us 269
Different Heraldic Traditions 283
Reference 291
Glossary 313
Further Reading 316
Index 317
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2008

    It's a 'I gotta have it ' book

    I checked this book out at a library years ago and had been wanting to find it ever since. Every time I open it I find a new project I want to do. I love the heraldry section and the section on gold leaf application. If you are interested in calligraphy, illumination or art in general you are going to LOVE this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2001

    Illuminated Stars

    Not only does this book give you set-by step help on writing many alphabets, it also gives solid information on preparing your own materials such as vellum and ink and quills... Information not to be found easily elsewhere! The chapters on heraldry could make a second book since the complex subject is arcane to many. Fortunately I was interested in the subject (which Lovett makes so approachable.)The illustrations alone make this book a must have even if you never put pen to paper.

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