Books, Glorious Books.

What books are good for use for scribes?  I have made a listing of books deemed good for both Calligraphers, Decorators and Illuminators.  While this list is focused on the SCA scribe it is a good list for any person looking to begin or grown their scribal libraries.

Listing is done Alphabetically by the name of the book.


A Guide to Western Historical Scripts from Antiquity to 1600 by Michelle P. Brown
Publisher: 4240 (January, 1994)
ISBN: 0802072062

Alphabets Old and New for the Use of Craftsmen by Lewis F. Day
Downloadable .pdf
English Handwriting 1400 – 1650: An Introductory Manual by Jean F. Preston and Laetitia Yeandle
Paperback: 103 pages 
Publisher: Mrts (September 1992) 
ISBN-10: 0866980865  
ISBN-13: 978-0866980869
Foundations of Calligraphy by Sheila Waters
Spiral-bound: 126 pages
ISBN-10: 0966530519
ISBN-13: 978-0966530513

Handbook for Greek and Latin Paleography by Edward Maunde Thompson

Hardcover: 356 pages
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC (June 25, 2007)
ISBN-10: 0548371342
ISBN-13: 978-0548371343
Hardcover: 110 pages 
Publisher: Oak Knoll Press; 2 Revised edition (May 1, 1998) 
ISBN-10: 1884718566 
ISBN-13: 978-1884718564
Latin Paleography:  Antiquity and the Middle Ages by Berhard Bischoff translated by Daibhm O. Cróinin and David Ganz
Paperback: 303 pages 
Publisher: Cambridge University Press (April 27, 1990) 
ISBN-10: 0521367263 
ISBN-13: 978-0521367264

Lexicon Abbreviaturarum: Dizionario Di Abbreviature Latine Ed Italiane (Manuali Hoepli) by Adriano Cappelli
Hardcover: 607 pages
Publisher: Ulrico Hoepli Editore; 5th edition (1954) edition (December 31, 1999)
ISBN-10: 8820311003
ISBN-13: 978-8820311001
Medieval Calligraphy : Its History and Technique by Marc Drogin 
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Dover Publications (November 1, 1989)
ISBN: 0486261425
Pause and Effect: Punctuation in the West by M.B. Parkes (A book on the development of punctuation in period and out.)
Hardcover: 400 pages 
Publisher: University of California Press (February 10, 1993) 
ISBN-10: 0520079418 
ISBN-13: 978-0520079410
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: DK ADULT (June 20, 2005)
ISBN-10: 0756613043
ISBN-13: 978-0756613044
The Elements of Abbreviation in Medieval Latin Paleography by Adriano Cappelli translated by David Heimann and Richard Kay
Downloadable .pdf : 60 pages (go to website first then save to your computer or not as you desire.)
University of Kansas Libraries 1982
The Palaeography of Gothic Manuscript Books From the 12th to the early 16th century by  Albert Derolez, Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Université Libre de Bruxelles 
Paperback: 324 pages 
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (May 29, 2006) 
ISBN-10: 0521686903 
ISBN-13: 978-0521686907

The Story of Writing by Donald Jackson

Hardcover: 176 pages
Publisher: Taplinger Pub Co (September, 1981)
ISBN: 0800801725
Three Classics of Italian Calligraphy: The Writing Books of Arrighi, Tagliente, Palatino by Oscar Ogg
Publisher: Peter Smith Pub Inc (June, 1953)
ISBN: 0844608297
Writing & Illuminating, & Lettering by Edward Johnston
Publisher: A & C Black (September, 1994)
ISBN: 0713640014 
Illumination and Decoration
Harcover: 157 pages
Copyright 1931
A History of Illuminated Manuscripts by Christopher De Hamel
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Phaidon Press; 2 edition (September 26, 1997)
ISBN-10: 0714834521
ISBN-13: 978-0714834528
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: School of Color (2002)
ISBN-10: 0967962870
Publisher: Yale University (1933)
Il Libro Dell’ Arte – The Craftsman’s Handook Translated by Daniel V Thompson Jr
Paperback: 142 pages
Publisher: Dover Publications (June 1, 1954)
ISBN-10: 048620054X
ISBN-13: 978-0486200545
Hardcover: 144 pages
Publisher: B T Batsford Ltd (July 1994)
ISBN-10: 0852197470
ISBN-13: 978-085219747
Hardcover: 504 pages
Publisher: Taschen; 25th edition (September 19, 2007)
ISBN-10: 382284750X
ISBN-13: 978-3822847503
Medieval Illuminators and Their Methods of Work by Professor Jonathon J. G. Alexander
Paperback: 222 pages 
Publisher: Yale University Press (September 28, 1994) 
ISBN-10: 0300060734 
ISBN-13: 978-0300060737
Paperback: 112 pages
Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company; 2 edition (April 2009)
ISBN-10:  080286497X
ISBN-13:  978-0802846970
Digital Facsimile – Google Books
Copyright:  Public Domain

The Decorated Letter by Jonathon James Graham Alexander
Paperback: 120 pages
Publisher: George Braziller (June 1978)
ISBN-10: 0807608955
ISBN-13: 978-0807608951
Paperback: 233 pages
Publisher: Oak Knoll Pr; 2 edition (September 30, 2009)
ISBN-10: 1584562412
ISBN-13: 978-1584562412
The Illuminated Alphabet : An Inspirational Introduction to Creating Decorative Calligraphy by Patricia Seligman, Timothy Noad (Illustrator)
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Sterling (August 28, 2004)
ISBN: 140271744X

The Painted Page: Italian Renaissance Book Illumination 1450-1550 by Jonathan J. G. Alexander (Editor)
Hardcover: 273 pages
Publisher: Prestel Pub (November, 1994)
ISBN: 3791313851

The Spitz Master: A Parisian Book of Hours (Getty Museum Studies on Art) by Gregory Clark
Paperback: 98 pages
Publisher: Getty Publications (July, 2003)
ISBN: 0892367121

The Visconti Hours, National Library, Florence by Millard Meiss, Giovannino De’ Grassi
Hardcover: 262 pages
Publisher: George Braziller (December, 1972)
ISBN: 0807606510
Writing & Illuminating, & Lettering by Edward Johnston
Publisher: A & C Black (September, 1994)
ISBN: 0713640014 

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