The Historical Source Book for Scribes

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University of Toronto Press, 1999 - History - 128 pages
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Fourteen historical manuscripts, supported by other manuscript examples, are used to explore fifteen selected writing styles. Dr Michelle P. Brown analyses the production of the manuscripts, setting them in their historical context and relating them to the people who produced them. Patricia Lovett uses the manuscripts to analyse the letter-forms in detail, and then gives clear guidance on how to write the letters. Each section includes a calligraphic interpretation of the historic letter-form.

This book is the first to put the needs of the historian and the scribe at the forefront. Large-scale examples of the manuscripts are included for letter analysis, with, in most instances, a full page colour reproduction of a page from the same manuscript alongside. Other selected manuscripts with clear letter-forms show the development of that alphabet style throughout the periods under consideration. A whole page is devoted to exemplar letters of each alphabet style, with clear guidelines on how the letters are formed, including punctuation marks, an ampersand (or et ligature) and numerals. Each section includes a specially created piece of modern calligraphy, showing how the hand can be used today.

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About the author (1999)

Michelle Brown is Curator of Illuminated Manuscripts at The British Library. Her previous publications include The Book of Cerne (UTP 1996), and The Historical Source Book for Scribes (with Patricia Lovett, UTP 1999). Patricia Lovett is a professional scribe. She is Chair of the Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society and also a Fellow.

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