(London: Seeley, Service & Co. Ltd., 1930). 200 x 264 mm. (10 3/8 x 7 7/8"). 336 pp. No. 324 OF 370 COPIES for sale (from a total edition of 380), SIGNED by the author.
Publisher's original white buckram, flat spine with gilt titling, top edge gilt, other edges untrimmed, first third of the leaves UNOPENED. With 383 figures, including tipped-in plates, and two plates with alphabets of Roman capitals by the author. Final two leaves of Appendix and first two of Index with two-inch closed tear at bottom (not affecting text), otherwise A VERY FINE COPY, the white cloth remarkably clean and bright, and the text immaculate.
This is an essential reference and tutorial for anyone interested in lettering, written by English calligrapher and illuminator William Graily Hewitt (1864-1952). Beginning with a discussion of pens, Hewitt guides the reader through the fundamentals of forming letters in a variety of scripts, his careful instructions helpfully supplemented with many illustrations. He covers Carolingian, gothic, and Renaissance scripts, Roman capitals, and arrangements of letters, then concludes with an in-depth discussion of legibility, materials, and gilding. In the revival of calligraphy in England during the 20th century, Graily Hewitt is second only to his teacher Edward Johnston in importance. In 1901, he succeeded Johnston as instructor at the Central School of Arts and Crafts, where he taught courses in lettering for more than 30 years. One of the founders of the Society of Scribes and Illuminators, he is credited with reviving Medieval methods for gilding with gesso and gold leaf on vellum. Hewitt established a nexus between calligraphy and type design, holding to the belief that type should represent what the pen created. Among other accomplishments, he designed a number of initials for St. John Hornby's Ashendene Press from 1902-35. (ST12683-088)
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