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The Bible of Illuminated Letters: A Treasury of Decorative Calligraphy

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The ancient art of illuminating manuscripts is currently attracting many new enthusiasts among artists, art students, and lovers of calligraphy. The Bible of Illuminated Letters is a volume they'll all want to add to their collections. It presents step-by-step instructions for recreating twelve illuminated alphabets. Among them are Celtic, Saxon, Gothic, Romanesque, Modern Revival, and seven more, including several modern scripts. Detailed diagrams instruct on creating upper- and lower-case letters, as well as on ways for designing borders and decorations. More ambitious students can also follow clear directions for gilding — decorating with gold leaf — as was originally done in medieval European monasteries. Readers and students of illumination who open this book will find: a history of illumination; required tools, techniques, and materials for illuminating; instruction in layout and design; and steps to follow in order to create 12 alphabet styles. This beautiful book also features a picture gallery of outstanding historical and contemporary illuminated letters, as well as a glossary and index. More than 400 inspiring color illustrations in total.

Book News Annotation:

This generously illustrated, small format (6.5x8") guidebook presents step-by-step instructions for recreating illuminated alphabets from six historical periods, including the Celtic, Gothic and Romanesque. Diagrams for upper- and lower-case letters are accompanied by ideas for borders and decorations. The guide also includes full instructions for gilding. Morgan, a professional calligrapher and associate of the Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society, gives advice about adapting illuminated letters to create a personal style.
Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

This generously illustrated, small format (6.5x8") guidebook presents step-by-step instructions for recreating illuminated alphabets from six historical periods, including the Celtic, Gothic and Romanesque. Diagrams for upper- and lower-case letters are accompanied by ideas for borders and decorations. The guide also includes full instructions for gilding. Morgan, a professional calligrapher and associate of the Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society, gives advice about adapting illuminated letters to create a personal style. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

(back cover)

Illumination—the creation of elaborate, decorated letters and initials—reached its apogee in the monasteries of medieval Europe. Embellished with gold leaf, the illuminated letters of those early scribes seemed to reflect light, as though they were indeed “illuminated.” This traditional art is now attracting new enthusiasts.

  • Illuminated Letters presents step-by-step instructions for recreating illuminated alphabets from six historical periods, including Celtic, Gothic, and Romanesque. Diagrams for upper- and lower-case letters are accompanied by ideas for borders and decorations, and full instructions for gilding.
  • Each section also explores ways in which the illuminated letters can be adapted to create a truly personal style, while a gallery of modern examples will inspire further creativity.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Margaret Morgan is a professional calligrapher and an Associate of the Calligraphy & Lettering Arts Society. She regularly accepts both public and private commissions and conducts workshops for calligraphic societies. Although traditional formal calligraphy involving gilding, painting, and heraldry form an important part of her work, she increasingly enjoys the challenge of more experimental lettering. She is the author of two previously published books on calligraphy.

    FOREWORD BY ROSEMARY BUCZEK

    Rosemary Buczek is a Master Penman and served two terms as President of the International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers, and Teachers of Handwriting (IAMPETH).

  • Synopsis:

    This beautiful book also features a picture gallery of outstanding historical and contemporary illuminated letters, as well as a glossary and index.

    About the Author

    Margaret Morgan is a professional calligrapher and an Associate of the Calligraphy & Lettering Arts Society. She regularly accepts both public and private commissions and conducts calligraphy workshops.

    Rosemary Buczek is a Master Penman and served two terms as President of the International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers, and Teachers of Handwriting (IAMPETH).

    Product Details

    ISBN:
    9780764158209
    Author:
    Margaret Morgan and Rosemary Buczek
    Publisher:
    Barron's Educational Series
    Foreword by:
    Buczek, Rosemary
    Foreword:
    Buczek, Rosemary
    Author:
    Morgan, Margaret
    Subject:
    Reference
    Subject:
    Illumination of books and manuscripts
    Subject:
    Calligraphy
    Subject:
    Techniques - Calligraphy
    Subject:
    Design - General
    Subject:
    illuminated letters; calligraphy
    Subject:
    Artists' materials
    Subject:
    Calligraphy -- Technique.
    Subject:
    illuminated letters
    Subject:
    Art-Calligraphy
    Copyright:
    Series:
    Quarto Book
    Publication Date:
    January 2006
    Binding:
    SPIRAL
    Grade Level:
    General/trade
    Language:
    English
    Illustrations:
    Y
    Pages:
    256
    Dimensions:
    7.75 x 5.75 in 24 oz

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    "Synopsis" by , (back cover)

    Illumination—the creation of elaborate, decorated letters and initials—reached its apogee in the monasteries of medieval Europe. Embellished with gold leaf, the illuminated letters of those early scribes seemed to reflect light, as though they were indeed “illuminated.” This traditional art is now attracting new enthusiasts.

  • Illuminated Letters presents step-by-step instructions for recreating illuminated alphabets from six historical periods, including Celtic, Gothic, and Romanesque. Diagrams for upper- and lower-case letters are accompanied by ideas for borders and decorations, and full instructions for gilding.
  • Each section also explores ways in which the illuminated letters can be adapted to create a truly personal style, while a gallery of modern examples will inspire further creativity.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Margaret Morgan is a professional calligrapher and an Associate of the Calligraphy & Lettering Arts Society. She regularly accepts both public and private commissions and conducts workshops for calligraphic societies. Although traditional formal calligraphy involving gilding, painting, and heraldry form an important part of her work, she increasingly enjoys the challenge of more experimental lettering. She is the author of two previously published books on calligraphy.

    FOREWORD BY ROSEMARY BUCZEK

    Rosemary Buczek is a Master Penman and served two terms as President of the International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers, and Teachers of Handwriting (IAMPETH).

  • "Synopsis" by , This beautiful book also features a picture gallery of outstanding historical and contemporary illuminated letters, as well as a glossary and index.
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