Calligraphy books – access to free excerpts
October 10, 2010 4 Comments
Within minutes of completing my previous post, I stumbled upon a link to Bill Hildebrandt’s book Calligraphic Flourishing: A New Approach to an Ancient Art.
For years I have been trying to find an affordable copy of this book. Currently, a used copy costs £108.94 on Amazon.co.uk, and $110.91 on Amazon.com. Not cheap for a used book, and way out of my price range.
So, imagine my delight when I found the first 32 pages of the book freely available to view here on Google Books. Although there are 85 pages that I can’t access, at the current going rate, having free online access to over a third of the book will suit me just fine (viewed as a proportion of the inflated Amazon price, that’s around £35 worth of freebie!).
If there’s anyone out there who has an unwanted copy of Calligraphic Flourishing and would like to donate it to a good home, yours truly would be absolutely delighted to take it off their hands.
You can access excerpts from many other calligraphy books on Google Books here, including:
An elegant hand: the golden age of American penmanship and calligraphy by WE Henning, P Melzer
Handwriting: the way to teach it by Rosemary Sassoon
Calligraphy A to Z by Stuart David
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Calligraphy by Jane Eldershaw
Calligraphy by Don Marsh
Artist and Alphabet: Twentieth Century Calligraphy and Letter Art in America by J Kelly and A Koeth
St John’s Bible: Psalms by Donald Jackson
Italic Letters: Calligraphy and Handwriting by I Dubay, B Getty
Being allowed access to the first twenty or thirty pages of these books is helpful in deciding what calligraphy book to buy next.
Just as long as it’s not in the same price bracket as a used copy of Calligraphic Flourishing!