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5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing, detailed guide to this fascinating art, 5 April 2001
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This review is from: Mastering Copperplate Calligraphy (Lettering, Calligraphy, Typography) (Paperback)
Copperplate calligraphy is one of the most ornate and beautiful writing styles in the world. Currently undergoing a popular revival, due to the infamous character Hannibal Lecter, and his meticulous copperplate hand portayed in the book and film "Hannibal."

For anyone interested in learning this art, this book is an absolute must. It starts with a gradual introduction of the history and origins of Copperplate, giving readers and practitioners of the art a thorough grounding before setting pen to paper. Advice is given on all aspects of choosing and buying the correct equipment, without merely stating that it is necessary - choices are explained in depth, to richen the experience and help guide the budding calligrapher.

The actual writing guides themselves are a wonder to follow, with simple, easy-to-follow tutorials and examples - readers should proceed at their own pace, and are recommended to find their own equilibrium and personal style. All the correct strokes, letter formations and structures are taught with an emphasis on practice, although much more time is spent on actually writing words and sentences in this beautiful script. Progressively more ornate examples and projects are provided to duplicate, and towards the end of the book, readers and practitioners will really feel that they are producing excellent pieces of calligraphy.

I cannot recommend this book enough to anyone interested in this amazing craft - Copperplate does require a reasonable level of study and a lot of practice, but with this book it is made much more fun and rewarding experience.
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