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Calligraphy at Reed

This guide can serve as a starting point to exploring Lloyd Reynolds calligraphic style, influences, and tools for practice; both online and on-campus.

Black Letter Styles

"Black letter, also called Gothic script or Old English script, in calligraphy, a style of alphabet that was used for manuscript books and documents throughout Europe—especially in German-speaking countries—from the end of the 12th century to the 20th century. It is distinguished by a uniform treatment of vertical strokes that end on the baseline (e.g., in b or l), the use of angular lines instead of smooth curves and circles (e.g., for bdo, or p), and the fusion of convex forms when they occur together."


Practice Handbooks

Historical Examples

Illuminated page from Mira Calligraphiae Monumenta

Mira Calligraphiae Monumenta.

By Joris Hoefnagel and Georg Bocskay

 from 1561-1562 and illumination from 1591-1596.

View full text in the J. Paul Getty Museum

Page from Historia Florentina

Historia Florentina.

By Poggio Bracciolini and Jacopo Bracciolini from 1475.

View full text in the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Illuminated page from The Canterbury Tales

The Canterbury Tales.

By Geoffrey Chaucer from the late 14th century.

View full text in the British Library

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This guide was initially created by library graduate students at Emporia State University, Gregory MacNaughton from the Cooley Gallery, and the Reed College Special Collections staff.