The World Encyclopedia of Calligraphy: The Ultimate Compendium on the Art of Fine Writing-history, Craft, Technique

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Sterling Pub., 2011 - Art - 308 pages
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Discover the sophisticated beauty of calligraphy from around the world with this comprehensive, one-of-a-kind resource. Using visual examples accompanied by expert commentary, The World Encyclopedia of Calligraphy features 55 living scripts, including Carolingian (Roman), Japanese Hiragana, Thuluth (Arabic), -Chen (Tibetan) and Yerushalmi (Hebrew). Each script includes an overview of its origins, traditions and unique characteristics while an expanded description includes the kind of writing system used, the direction and sequence of the lines of continuous text, distinctions between majuscule and minuscule and the principal writing tool. Both a step-by-step guide and sumptuous visual tour, this groundbreaking collection will teach and inspire novices, experts and admirers alike.

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This lusciously illustrated book seems to be intended more as a reference resource than as a guidebook, but it functions well as both because of the authors' thorough treatment of form and attention ... Read full review

About the author (2011)

Christopher Calderhead is a visual artist and graphic designer who has exhibited his letter-based works in the United States and Great Britain. He graduated from Princeton with a bachelor's degree in art history. In 1998 he obtained a master of divinity degree from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary. Ordained the same year, he has served parishes in the Church of England and the Episcopal Church USA. He is editor of "Alphabet", a journal of the lettering arts published by the Friends of Calligraphy, and author of "One Hundred Miracles" (2004), a collection of miracle paintings by the great masters.

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