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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.; New edition edition (28 Mar 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780486219578
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486219578
  • ASIN: 0486219577
  • Product Dimensions: 27.8 x 20.3 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Automatic Slim on 22 May 2014
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This book is probably the only printed reference available on the subject at an affordable price, and thus deserves a place on the bookshelf of anyone with a passing interest. The examples date from the Golden Age of American penmanship, and masters like C P Zaner, Louis Madarasz, W E Dennis, Francis Courtney as well as Earl Lupfer himself are all represented amongst many more. Students of ornamental writing will find a few things to interest them, but the focus is squarely on flourishing, chiefly of quills and birds.

It has been remarked that the instructional section is brief, and this is true. It assumes at the very least the ability to prepare and use a dip pen with a fine flexible nib, and a background in writing Spencerian and ornamental scripts would be highly beneficial, if not absolutely essential. Really, Lupfer says all that needs saying: it should be obvious from a brief flick through of the plates that the most important things for anyone who wants to produce work like this are motivation, time and practice.

The flourishes are crisply reproduced, but the paper is of indifferent quality and the binding is flimsy. The pages will not easily lay flat. I would have preferred a more expensive production, but by keeping the costs down Dover have ensured a wide circulation, and that is all to the good.

Not everybody will see the point of 80 pages of flourishes, but as far as I'm concerned the book is well worth having for H S Blanchard's hummingbirds alone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By templar on 20 Nov 2012
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A beautiful book with stunning and varied images of fine pen work and examples of how to get started too. Highly recommended
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Beautiful 18 Jan 2012
By JLS - Published on Amazon.com
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True, there is an abundance of flourished birds as examples in this book, but each one is beautifully done... The designs are all different examples of how TO flourish something, whether it be a bird or not. The bird is taken into account so much due to it's excellent curvature for practicing with the pen and because the quill pen itself was so important, historically, as the book describes. A lot of the prints are so beautifully ornate that you have to take a good look to even see if there is a bird. But it does offer simple exercise instruction and tips, examples with lettering and such. I do not regret adding this book to my library.
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Ornate Pictorial Calligraphy 24 April 2012
By Barbara Jean - Published on Amazon.com
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Beautiful examples of flourishing done by old masters. It also has 12 pages of basic instructions on flourishing. Definitely a book worth having in your collection
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definitely ornate and definitely pictorial... 5 Jun 2014
By Megan Hillman - Published on Amazon.com
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which isn't a horrible thing.I still think there is lots to learn from the bird flourishes technique wise. But there are more than i had expected. (about 2/3 of the flourishes in this book include a bird or feather) I don't really think there's a whole lot of variation overall. There's not much text swashes in this book, which i had hoped for. Also, they are all very complex and busy looking—i thought there'd be a variety. For the price though, not a bad purchase. i will definitely use this for reference.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great age of American penmanship 3 Mar 2012
By Vidalia11 - Published on Amazon.com
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I got this from the library but I may have to buy it. The illustrations are mainly flourished birds but the curves and ornaments can be studied and admired for hours. There are instructions and small examples of curves to copy, but I don't think I could replicate them. I just like looking at the beautiful examples. It's a lovely form of American penmanship that is mostly gone except for wedding invitations and diplomas.
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packed full of flourishes 27 Jun 2014
By Whitecob - Published on Amazon.com
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Pages of beautiful pictures, flourishes abound. Birds, quills, ect. The book is full of detailed pictures made by old school ornamental penmen. This book has minimal directions on how to, a couple pages is all. If you are looking for a book full of fine art specimens this is it.
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