Twice Publishing, Oxford. 1999. (14), 246 pages. 4to (27,5 x 22 cm). Stiff, printed, paper wrappers. Spine faded, the first 28 pages with some underlining with a pencil. Black and white illustrations throughout. List of references and index.
The definitive guide to how to manipulate an edged brush to produce authentic Trajan letters. Early in the twentieth century Edward Catich made an amazing discovery that the best monumental Roman inscriptions were hand-written with a brush before being carved out and repainted. He wrote down this thesis in ”The Origin of the Serif”. Tom Kemp has filled in all the details which Catich left out. ”Formal Brush Writing” is a detailed manual for learning to use the edged brush and suggests many ways in which it could be used today as a formidable calligraphic tool.
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