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Coming soon to - The Eternal Letter - An amazing new book co-ordinated and edited by Paul Shaw.


Read on, or click on this link for more information.

Please note:This book will not be available for shipment before April 2nd 2015, however, you are able to pre-order it from this web-site ahead of time. Your credit card will not be charged before your book is ready for shipment. Orders will be processed in order of receipt.

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This new book edited and co-ordinated by Paul Shaw, is destined to become the most significant book on the history of lettering for this year if not this century. Its 258 pages are generously illustrated with over 380 photographs and illustrations as it examines and discusses the influence of the classical Roman capital letter.


Paul’s work has been supported with essays and contributors from notable lettering artists such John and Nicholas Benson, Frank E. Blokland, Matthew Carter; Ewan Clayton, Lance Hidy, Jost Hochuli, Jonathan Hoefler, Richard Kindersley, Scott-Martin Kosofsky, Gerry Leonidas, Martin Majoor, Steve Matteson, Gregory MacNaughton, James Mosley, Tom Perkins, Yves Peters, Ryan L. Roth, Werner Schneider, Julian Waters, and Maxim Zhukov

Subjects covered are:

The Eternal Letter: The Fluctuating Fortunes of the Classical Roman Capital by Paul Shaw

Defining the Classical Roman Capital by Paul Shaw

Father Edward M. Catich and the Trajan Inscription by Paul Shaw 

The Genetrix by Father Edward M. Catich

The Trajan Secrets by Tom Perkins

Walter Kamech, Craftsman by Jost Hochuli


On the Origin of Capital Proportions in Roman Type by Frank E. Blokland


Felice Feliciano and the Inscriptions on the Macello of Verona by James Mosley


The Tomb of Niccoló Forteguerri by Paul Shaw & Garrett Boge


The Baroque Inscriptional Letter in Rome by James Mosley


The Baroque Set by Garrett Boge


Goudas Inscriptional Letters by Steve Matteson


Eric Gill’s Capital Letter by Ewan Clayton


Ian van Krimpen and Roman Capitals by Martin Majoor


Hermann Zapf’s Roman Capitals: An Appreciation by Paul Shaw


The Trajan Letter in Russia by Maxim Zhukov


Gill’s Legacy by Ewan Clayton


Straight, No Chaser: The Work of Michael Harvey by Paul Shaw


The John Stevens Shop: Three Generations of Lettercarvers by Richard Kindersley

Penumbra: The Offspring of Trajan and Futura by Lance Hidy


Father Catich at Reed College by Gregory MacNaughton

Democratizing the Empire: The Birth of Adobe Trajan by Scott-Martin Kosofsky


Trajan Revived Redux by Paul Shaw / Maxim Zhukov / Gerry Leonidas


Artist of the Written Word by Paul Shaw

The Origins of Senatus by Werner Schneider With Dan Reynolds


Mantinia by Matthew Carter


Requiem: A True Renaissance Letter by Jonathan Hoefler


Waters Titling by Julian Waters


Trajan at the Movies by Yves Peters


Learning from Chairs by Cyrus Highsmith


Typefaces with Classical Roman Influences: 1900 – 2012


Census of Trajan Inscription Reproductions


Selected Collections of Roman Inscriptions


Further Reading on Roman Capitals


Recording Inscriptions: Methods and Tips


Acknowledgments I Credits I Contributors


This book will be on any the “must have” list of any calligrapher, letter cutter, lettering artist, or anyone wanting to understand more about the history of the western alphabet.

Click here to learn more and pre-order now for delivery on publication date.

6 mar 15 @ 10:14 pm gmt


Welcome to the  Newsletter for January 2015.

In the UK it’s cold outside, so why not just stay in the warm and be creative? If it not cold where you are, get out of the sun and be creative!!


At last, Sheila Waters’ amazing “Foundations of Calligraphy”  is now in stock at

Sheila Waters is not only a master scribe but also a master teacher, and she has made both her life's work.  The material contained in this book was first printed as a regular feature of Letter Arts Review between 1995 and 2000 and it has since been revised and collected and collated for this book.

In Foundations of Calligraphy, Sheila's instruction provides an insightful analysis of forms and construction that takes the mystery out of learning calligraphy. She helps you learn how to analyze a script on your own in order to master an alphabet.

In these pages of exemplar alphabets, instructions, and hints, Sheila shares the knowledge she has gathered during decades of study and practice. The presentation has been honed by her years of experience teaching calligraphers how to advance their skill and art.

There is a gallery of some of Sheila’s most best pieces including the famous Roundel of the Seasons, and, as I have stated in my comments section on the books web-page, "the book is worth buying for the Gallery alone!!"

I would recommend this book for calligraphers of all levels.

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The following new books have been recently added to

B1413 – Hand Lettering by Marci Donley and DeAnn Singh

B1414 – Creative Lettering – Techniques & Tips from Top Artists

B1415 – Paper Artist – Creations Kids can Fold, Tear, Wear, or Share by Gail Green

B1416 – Type on Screen edited by Ellen Lupton

B1417 – Typography Sketchbook by Steven Heller and Lita Talarico

B1419 – The Art of Chinese Calligraphy by Jean Long

B1421 – 101 Mixed Media Techniques by Various Authors

B1423 – Graffiti and Street Art by Anna Waclawek.

Click on the links above to learn more about these books.

Coming soon to

Christine Flint Sato’s latest book called Sumi Workbook in on its way to me from Japan as I type this. It is myriad of different techniques for use with Sumi Ink.

In this workbook, Christine presents a new way to work with sumi, or the East Asian ink medium. Trained in calligraphy (shodō) and ink painting (sumi-e), she has distilled some of the basic techniques of both art forms into an innovative workbook for all. 
Based on her experience of leading sumi workshops with both Westerners and Japanese, the workbook offers a non-traditional way of using the sumi medium. It encourages people to connect with the medium directly and to develop a personal understanding of the way it works through practice and experimentation.

Click here for more information about this book.

I expect it to be in stock in about 5-7 weeks. The above link allows you to pre-order your copy of the book and your book will be shipped to you as soon as it arrives with me.

Please note that no charges will be made to your card before your book is ready to be shipped from

 Jean Larcher.

Sadly, I feel that I need to report that, earlier this month, calligraphy lost a calligraphic giant. Jean Larcher passed away on January 17th 2015. He was a larger than life character and I was always pleased to see him on the few occasions that we were attending the same event somewhere in the UK. Jean will be sadly missed by many. RIP.

29 jan 15 @ 12:11 pm gmt

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