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The Bible of Illuminated Letters

A Treasury of Decorative Calligraphy (Quarto Book)

By Margaret Morgan, Rosemary Buczek (Foreword by)

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Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United States, 27 January 2006
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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).
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    EAN: 9780764158209
    ISBN: 0764158201
    Publisher: Barron's Educational Series
    Dimensions: 20.62 x 16.05 x 2.92 centimetres (0.68 kg)
    Age Range: 15+ years
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    Sharon on
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    A great book summarising the ages of the illumination work over the centuries. Having practised Calligraphy for over 40 years I still found fresh ideas in this book, but its also great fro the learner.

    I have taught calligraphy on and off for over 10 years and consider that this would be a good resource for any one who is particularly interested in Illuminated work.

    The spiral binding and compact size make it handy to use whilst working and the fact that complete alphabets are given in each of the Illuminated capitals presented is another great asset.
    Stephany on
     
    Really pleased to have acquired this book
    Christine on
     
    Do yourself a favour and buy this book. It is beautiful with lots of detailed images and explanations. It would have to be the best book I've found (and now own) on illumination. Good for both beginner and expert.
    Sharon on
     
    Having practised Calligraphy for nearly 40 years and especially illuminated work, I have used this book as an enormous tool for advancing this skill. It is well laid out with clear defining ages of illumination and their variations and you are taught how to replicate these styles in a clear manner.
    It is well aid out and is useful to those who are new to illuminated work as well as those who have been doing it for years as I have but want to learn new apects and ideas for new projects.

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