British Library The Art and History of Calligraphy exhibition catalogue

The Art and History of Calligraphy

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'In our digital age, when even everyday penmanship is a rapidly disappearing skill, this is a book to treasure' - The Lady,

This richly illustrated book features 77 intricate examples of calligraphy from the collection of the British Library and explores the development of calligraphy ranging from the earliest known woman’s handwriting in Roman Britain to contemporary artworks. The book also looks at how manuscripts were made, including, quills, vellum and parchment, pigments, brushes, and gold, with illustrations showing the sequence of mediæval manuscript illumination production and writing the Letters, based on Edward Johnston’s 7-point analysis.

The author, Patricia Lovett is a renowned expert on the history of the form as well as a fine calligrapher herself and writes from a practitioner's point of view. 

Full page double spreads of over 70 manuscripts from the second century AD to right up to the present day. In many cases, the book includes an enlargement of a couple of lines from a particular manuscript to show the lettering really closely.

This is a great book for anyone interested in calligraphy that enables readers to see the fine detail of each manuscript and to understand more clearly than ever before the craft and artistic skill that were necessary to create these strikingly beautiful pieces of writing.

  • Author: Patricia Lovett
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Date published: April 2017
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0712356688
  • Product Dimensions: 28.0 x 22.0 cm