The Bible of Illuminated Letters

The Bible of Illuminated Letters

A Treasury of Decorative Calligraphy

Book - 2006
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Barron's Educational Series
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
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 (

Publisher: Hauppauge, N.Y. : Barron's Educational Series, 2006
ISBN: 9780764158209
Branch Call Number: 745.61 MOR
Characteristics: 256 p. : ill. ; 21 cm


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