Monday, January 28, 2008

Book Review

Mastering Copperplate Calligraphy: A Step-by-Step Manual
By Eleanor Winters
Copyright 1989 by Dover Publications
ISBN: 978-0486409511

This book is a must-have for any calligrapher's library. Copperplate is one of the harder handwriting styles to master, but Eleanor Winters breaks the font down into easily manageable pieces. As with any good style manual, a historical discussion of the font is included to introduce students to this beautiful style. Each letter and letter family is further broken down, with ample dissection of and explanation on creating each letter of the alphabet. Winters even includes examples of "badly formed" letters and explains why they are bad.

Every time I read this book, I learn something new. This is the only Copperplate manual you need, whether you want to just dabble in or master the art of this gorgeous writing style.

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