We've all heard the phrase, "you can't judge a book by it's cover". Well, sometimes you can. Here a fabulous example, Three Classics of Italian Calligraphy an unabridged reissue of the writing books of Arrighi, Tagliente and Palatino. The cover only alludes to what is held in the 248 pages inside its' covers, hand lettered examples originally printed in the 16th century. The beauty of the form makes understanding the Italian text unnecessary to the enjoyment of the work.
With all of today's methods for quick and easy communication the written word executed pen to paper, stamped and mailed carries with it a significance no phone call or email can possible bring. There is something special about the commitment of writing something that will not be read for days, with a permanence not easily deleted or forgotten. The Calligrapher's Book of Letters by George Thomson provides tips for writing such letters. The book itself is a compilation of letters responding to questions on how to compose letters of interest. Full a valuable tips this book as enjoyable as much of the information as for the letters themselves which serve as examples of the very instruction the writer intends to provide.
In box eight I came across several cooks books my favorite being the 1984 edition of Pots and Pens created by Valley Calligraphy Guild (VCG), in Eugene, Oregon. Handwritten and designed by the members of VCG this book is page after page of treats like the item below by Betty Locke which I hope she does not mind me sharing with you here. I enjoyed it so much I thought you might too.
Page 10 of Valley Calligraphy Guild's Pots & Pens Three
by Betty Locke
And we have only just begun our efforts with the online catalog of the SACG libary. There are still over seven boxes of books yet to enter. To view the potion of the collection entered to date visit http://www.librarything.com/catalog/sacg. I'll keep sharing my personal favorites as I discover them along the way. Hope you enjoy them as I have.