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The Art and History of Calligraphy
The Art and History of Calligraphy

The Art and History of Calligraphy


224 Pages, 8.5 x 11

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $39.95 (US $39.95) (CA $53.95)

Publication Date: July 2017

ISBN 9780712356688

Rights: US & CA

British Library Publishing (Jul 2017)

Price: $39.95


Focusing on 77 intricate, expressive and individual examples of calligraphy from the unparalleled collection of the British Library

Ranging from the Middle Ages, when beautiful calligraphy was a way of celebrating the divine, to the renaissance of the art form by William Morris, to the modern school of calligraphers following in the wake of master typographer Edward Johnston, Patricia Lovett charts the development of calligraphy through the history of European manuscripts. A renowned expert on the history of the form as well as a fine calligrapher herself, she writes—uniquely—from a practitioner's point of view. Large-scale full-color reproductions enable the reader to see the fine detail of each manuscript, and to understand more clearly than ever before the painstaking craft and great artistic skill that were necessary to create these strikingly beautiful pieces of writing.

Author Biography

Patricia Lovett is a professional calligrapher and illuminator whose previous books include Calligraphy and Illumination: A History and Practical Guide. She was awarded the MBE for services to heritage crafts and calligraphy.