Calligraphic Flourishing: A New Approach to an Ancient Art

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David R. Godine Publisher, 1995 - Art - 115 pages
A detailed discussion of the dynamics of moving the tool is followed by an alphabet of strokes used to build and analyze flourishes. Also covers design principles, technique in different situations, and Italic and Gothic scripts. Abundant examples are provided. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Port

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Good, solid, no-nonsense overview of calligraphic flourishing and swashes. I feel the author made a very minor mistake on page 60, attributing the cadel to Nicolas Flamel. All of my research shows that the Duc de Berry (d. 1416) had a 'librarian' named Jean Flamel. This is the man who 'invented' cadels (Fr. cadeaux.) A contemporary of the Duc and Jean, was indeed a fellow named Nicolas Flamel, but Nicolas seems to have been involved more with alchemy.
-Clint V.

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