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Best Calligraphy Books: The Ultimate List

Looking for the best Calligraphy books? Browse our list to find excellent book recommendations on the subject.

Lettering and Modern Calligraphy: A Beginner’s Guide: Learn Hand Lettering and Brush Lettering (2017)

 Best Calligraphy Books: The Ultimate ListLearn to letter and create beautiful designs with this beginner’s guide and workbook! Every page is filled with tips, tricks encouragement and practice space to kickstart your lettering journey! Learn 5 different alphabet styles, upper and lower case letters, practice connections and dive into design and composition with this beautiful lettering book.
Author(s): Paper Peony Press

Hand Lettering for Relaxation: An Inspirational Workbook for Creating Beautiful Lettered Art (2017)

 Best Calligraphy Books: The Ultimate ListHand Lettering for Relaxation is the perfect way to cultivate calmness and joy while creating beautiful works of art. While hand lettering can look intimidating, artist and blogger Amy Latta has a friendly and down-to-earth approach that will give you the confidence to draw impressive designs with ease. Learn how to create a lovely brush-lettered look with easy, no-fail faux calligraphy.
Author(s): Amy Latta

Copperplate Calligraphy from A to Z: A Step-by-Step Workbook for Mastering Elegant, Pointed-Pen Lettering (2018)

 Best Calligraphy Books: The Ultimate ListPointed pen calligraphy doesn’t have to be intimidating! This photo-packed guide breaks down every skill, step and stroke into easy-to-learn techniques. It shows you how to build a solid foundation in drawing beautiful letters as well as ways to add flourishes and embellishments to your personal projects.
Author(s): Sarah Richardson

Calligraphy: A Complete Guide (2013)

 Best Calligraphy Books: The Ultimate ListLearn and master the beautiful and varied art of Western calligraphy. This lavishly illustrated guide includes all the information you need to get started in calligraphy, as well as techniques for the more advanced artist, including using color, carving lettering in wood and stone, and creating abstract and ornamental calligraphy designs.
Author(s): Julien Chazal

Learn Calligraphy: The Complete Book of Lettering and Design (2001)

 Best Calligraphy Books: The Ultimate ListIn an age of myriad computer fonts and instant communication, your handwriting style is increasingly a very personal creation. In this book, Margaret Shepherd, America’s premier calligrapher, shows you that calligraphy is not simply a craft you can learn, but an elegant art form that you can make your own.
Author(s): Margaret Shepherd

Mastering Copperplate Calligraphy: A Step-by-Step Manual (Lettering, Calligraphy, Typography) (2000)

 Best Calligraphy Books: The Ultimate ListDeveloped by English handwriting masters in the 18th century, copperplate calligraphy is admired for its fluidity and beauty. It is the most popular style for social correspondence, invitations, and other communications requiring an elegant hand. In this practical manual, a noted calligraphy teacher offers a comprehensive, step-by-step guide for the student.
Author(s): Eleanor Winters

The Ultimate Guide to Modern Calligraphy & Hand Lettering for Beginners: Learn to Letter: A Hand Lettering Workbook with Tips, Techniques, Practice Pages, and Projects (2019)

 Best Calligraphy Books: The Ultimate List| | Hello there crafty friends of mine! I’m Kristin – mama to the most incredible little human around, graphic designer, hand letterer, and creator of June & Lucy.
Author(s): June & Lucy

Super Simple Hand Lettering: 20 Traceable Alphabets, Easy Projects, Practice Sheets & More! (Design Originals) Includes Technique Guides, Skill-Building Exercises, Art Prints, & Vellum Tracing Paper (2018)

 Best Calligraphy Books: The Ultimate ListDiscover how to transform simple words into stunning works of art with this interactive workbook! Drawing beautiful letters by hand may seem intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be! “Kiley in Kentucky” hand lettering expert Kiley Bennett gets you started right away with 20 traceable alphabets. She guides you through five skill-building projects to let you practice drawing each upper and lower case letter.
Author(s): Kiley Bennett

Calligraphy Writing Paper: 150 sheet pad, calligraphy practice paper and workbook for lettering artist and lettering for beginners (2018)

 Best Calligraphy Books: The Ultimate ListNow calligraphers can build their skill by practicing lettering on this artist-grade pad of calligraphy paper. Comfortable to use and ruled for practice, the pad also features a pre-printed grid for slanted lettering. Comes with 150 sheets of quality calligraphy paper. This large paper pad measures 11 inches by 8.5 inches giving plenty of space for intricate lettering.
Author(s): Keven Odell

Modern Calligraphy: An Intensive Practice Workbook (2018)

 Best Calligraphy Books: The Ultimate ListWritten by Kestrel Montes, professional calligrapher and founder of inkmethis, Modern Calligraphy: An Intensive Practice Workbook gives new calligraphy students the information they need to be successful in their dip pen calligraphy journey. While the book is designed with the beginner in mind, even advanced calligraphy students will find tips, tricks and techniques that improve their writing.
Author(s): Kestrel Montes

Calligraphy & Hand Lettering Notepad: Beginner Practice Workbook & Introduction to Lettering & Calligraphy (Practice Makes Perfect Series) (Volume 1) (2016)

 Best Calligraphy Books: The Ultimate List| | This Hand Lettering & Calligraphy Notebook contains four styles of lettering with practice pages to help begin to work on and perfect your strokes. Designed to feature many styles of calligraphy and hand lettering, this book is perfect whether you are an expert or just a beginner.
Author(s): Gray & Gold Publishing

Studio Series Calligraphy Paper Pad: 50 Sheets (2014)

 Best Calligraphy Books: The Ultimate ListAspiring calligraphers can build skill and confidence by practicing their lettering on this artist-grade pad of Calligraphy Paper! Comfortable to use, and ruled for practice, the pad also features a pre-printed grid for slanted lettering. This horizontal pad comes with 50 sheets of calligraphy paper. Quality 140-gsm paper takes pen and calligraphy marker beautifully. Heavyweight paper means no bleed-through.
Author(s): Peter Pauper Press

Best Calligraphy Books: The Ultimate List

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Library Genesis and download some calligraphy books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Classic Calligraphy for Beginners: Essential Step-by-Step Techniques for Copperplate and Spencerian Scripts

Author(s): Younghae Chung
ID: 3310573, Publisher: Quarry Books, Year: 2022, Size: 13 Mb, Format: epub

Calligraphy Journal: Learn the Art of Beautiful Writing with Easy-to-Follow Guides

Author(s): Kate Marsh
ID: 3331859, Publisher: Future Publishing, Year: 2022, Size: 34 Mb, Format: pdf

Delight in One Thousand Characters: The Classic Manual of East Asian Calligraphy

Author(s): Zhou Xingsi; Zhiyong; Kazuaki Tanahashi; Susan O'Leary
ID: 3370558, Publisher: Shambhala, Year: 2022, Size: 92 Mb, Format: epub

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are absolutely record-breakers according to The New York Times, others are written by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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