This comprehensive history and instruction manual features 13 significant medieval scripts, accompanied by a fascinating account of their evolution over a thousand years. Medieval Calligraphy stands as the sole modern book that offers clear descriptions, stunning photographs, and accurately reproduced examples of both major and minor hands.
From Roman Rustic and Uncial to Carolingian Minuscule and Gothic Littera Bastarda, this book explores the origins, development, and distinctive features of each script. It delves into the reasons behind style variations, the usage of devices and abbreviations, and the interplay between form and function.
Not only does Medieval Calligraphy provide fascinating insights into the origin and development of these scripts, but it also serves as a practical guide for replicating medieval techniques using modern writing tools. Thorough instructions and detailed photographs illustrate pen angles, stroke sequences, and lettering techniques for each script and capital.
By studying and practicing the techniques outlined in this book, calligraphers can master some of history's most influential scripts. Marc Drogin, the author, includes helpful resources such as lists of suppliers for tools and materials, sources for facsimiles and books from both American and European markets, calligraphic societies, a bibliography, and an index.
Paperback; 198 pages; 8.5” x 11”