Typography and Iconography
The Bible of Illuminated Letters: A Treasury of Decorative Calligraphy
The Bible of Illuminated Letters
A Treasury of Decorative Calligraphy
Hardcover      ISBN: 0764158201

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.

The Big Awesome Book of Hand & Chalk Lettering
The Big Awesome Book of Hand & Chalk Lettering
Paperback      ISBN: 1465462724

Get creative, express yourself, and add that personal touch with hand lettering

With illustrated step-by-step instructions, The Big Awesome Book of Hand & Chalk Lettering shows the complete beginner how to master the art of hand lettering. Learn best practices for the composition and design of phrases on the page, and practice flourishes to embellish your design.

The Big Awesome Book of Hand & Chalk Lettering covers 15 lettering styles, both serifs and scripts--from Black Letter and melting to circus and Victorian. Also included are numerous borders, corners, banners, bursts, frames, and other accents.

This instructional book includes chalk lettering, fun prompts for writing, and 15 craft and gift ideas. Put your personal touch on projects ranging from gift tags and chalk-lettered signs, to place cards and house number signs.
Bizarre and Ornamental Alphabets
Bizarre and Ornamental Alphabets
Paperback      ISBN: 048624105x

Animal alphabets, architectural lettering, exquisite florid expressions, the well known, the whimsical, and the inspired have been brought together in this fascinating, practical, and inexpensive pictorial archive sourcebook by graphic designer and artist Carol Belanger Grafton.
Here is an exquisite collection of unique and evocative lettering dating from an eleventh-century Anglo-Celtic alphabet right up to the present. This new and highly useable material -- much of it available nowhere else -- is drawn in line with creative precision and is easily transferable for artistic work of all kinds.
The volume contains 1,685 bizarre and ornamental letters (no duplication with any other Dover book), including 50 full alphabets in a variety of motifs that include animals, military, landscapes, silhouettes, religion, mathematics, architecture, and much, much more.
The royalty-free alphabets offer artists, designers, and crafters an indispensable tool for any project requiring imaginative lettering.

The Book Before Printing: Ancient, Medieval and Oriental
The Book Before Printing
Ancient, Medieval and Oriental
Paperback      ISBN: 0486242439

"A remarkable work. . . . For sheer weight of information there is no equal to it." -- The Spectator.
It is probable that the earliest "books" were written on wood or leaves as early as the fourth millennium B.C. These fragile materials, unfortunately, have not come down to us. In their absence, the earliest surviving books are the clay tablets of Mesopotamia, the oldest attributed to c. 3500 B.C. On these ancient clay shards, dense rows of cuneiform script record the seminal writings of mankind: the Gilgamesh epic, Sumerian literary catalogues, Babylonian astrology, Assyrian accounts of the Creation and the Flood, and the Lipit-Ishtar Law-Code (c. 2000 B.C.), predating Hammurabi and the oldest law code in human history.
Probably as ancient as the Mesopotamian writings, or nearly so, are Egyptian hieroglyphics. In a sense, it is the papyrus scrolls of the Egyptians -- preserved by that country's hot, dry climate -- that represent the true ancestors of the modern book. As the centuries passed, papyrus slowly gave way to parchment (the prepared skins of animals) as writing material. Indeed, the handwritten parchment or vellum codex is "the book" par excellence of the Middle Ages. Western European book production is only part of the story, and the author is at pains to illuminate the bibliographic contributions of numerous peoples and cultures: Greek and Roman book production, books made in central and southern Asia, the books of Africa, pre-Columbian America, and the Far East -- material that is often not mentioned in Western histories of the book.
Based on years of painstaking research and incorporating a wealth of new material and conclusions, the text is enhanced throughout by abundant illustrations -- nearly 200 photographic facsimiles of priceless manuscripts in museums and libraries around the world.

Book of Art Deco Alphabets: Original Lettering from the 1920's & 30's
Book of Art Deco Alphabets
Original Lettering from the 1920's & 30's
Paperback      ISBN: 0806973382
Book of Art Nouveau Alphabets and Ornaments
Book of Art Nouveau Alphabets and Ornaments
Paperback      ISBN: 0806974273
Borders, Frames and Decorative Motifs from the 1862 Derriey Typographic Catalog
Borders, Frames and Decorative Motifs from the 1862 Derriey Typographic Catalog
Paperback      ISBN: 0486253228

In the mid-19th century, typefounders plied their trade with an extraordinary exuberance, creating a new and dazzling range of typefaces and ornamentation that in sheer versatility, ornate beauty, and sumptuousness remain unsurpassed. Today, as never before, their work is sought by artists, designers, and craftspeople for its elegance, expressiveness, and ability to command attention.
This unique volume contains the work of one of the most celebrated typefounders of that glorious era in type design: Charles Derriey, who, from his Parisian foundry, fed the Victorians' insatiable appetite for decoration and embellishment with a truly fabulous assortment of display types and printers' ornaments. The 113 plates reprinted here from his 1862 typographic catalog include over 2,500 royalty-free type forms and ornamental designs.
Here is an incredibly rich source of intricately ornamented typefaces along with an eye-catching array of vignettes (dingbats, headpieces, tailpieces, etc.), rules, flourishes, corner elements, and much more, including a wide selection of Victorian frames and border material. Leaf through it and you will find it to be not only a fascinating presentation of type design, but also an extensive sampler of Victorian ornamentation -- a valuable reference book and source of royalty-free graphics, sturdily yet inexpensively produced, that will offer you years of inspiration, enjoyment, and practical use.

The Botanical Hand Lettering Workbook: Draw Whimsical and Decorative Styles and Scripts
The Botanical Hand Lettering Workbook
Draw Whimsical and Decorative Styles and Scripts
Paperback      ISBN: 1612434843
DESIGNS AND TECHNIQUES FOR ORNAMENTAL FONTS AND FLOURISHES THAT CREATE EXQUISITE HAND-LETTERED WORKS OF ART

Learn the art of hand-lettering. This step-by-step workbook teaches you how to craft pretty letters and flowers of all sorts. Use your newfound botanical lettering skills to make cards, wedding invitations, banners, tags, paper bouquets and other fun projects.
Brush Lettering: Create Beautiful Calligraphy with Brushes and Brush Pens
Brush Lettering
Create Beautiful Calligraphy with Brushes and Brush Pens
Hardcover      ISBN: 1849945446
For the follow-up to her Modern Lettering, calligrapher extraordinaire Rebecca Cahill Roots has created a stunning, practical, and contemporary guide to lettering with brushes and brush pens-- complete with a sumptuous selection of projects.

In this quirky and relatable guide, Rebecca Cahill Roots explores the various ways brushes and brush pens can make exquisite letterforms. She helps beginners crack the basics of this beautiful, free-spirited style that has become increasingly popular as a way of expressing individuality and personality. Roots divides the book by type of media: each section contains exercises to help you become accustomed to using the pen or brush, an alphabet and a set of numbers to copy, and an example quote in the lettering style. The techniques range from lettering with watercolor or gouache to working with metallic brush pens, and Roots provides traceable practice pages, advice on photographing your lettering, and sample layouts for journals and greeting cards throughout.
Brush Lettering and Watercolour
Brush Lettering and Watercolour
Paperback      ISBN: 6059192025

Brush lettering--hand lettering with brush pens--and creating designs with watercolor paints guarantees you plenty of colorful creative fun The combination of beautiful lettering with a colorful gloss and the delicacy of watercolors opens up a range of new design possibilities. Katja Haas presents various types of lettering and concentrates in particular on the special features of writing and decorating with brush pens. Ideas for feather-light blossoms, tendrils, and decorative elements, along with suggestions for special occasions, make this the perfect companion to lettering.