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Stan Knight is an internationally recognized lettering artist and teacher. He has given lectures in many parts of Britain, Canada and the USA and Japan. He is a faculty member of the Department of Design in Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle.
An acknowledged authority on historical aspects of both calligraphy and typography, Stan Knight has written numerous historical and polemical articles for international scholarly journals.
In addition to Historical Scripts, he has authored `The Roman Alphabet', a major section in The World's Writing Systems (Oxford University Press, New York, 1996). For John Woodcock's manual, A Book of Formal Scripts (A & C Black, London and David Godine, Boston, 1993), he provided extensive historical commentaries.
Stan Knight has been a Fellow of the prestigious Society of Scribes and Illuminators in London since 1964, and was elected as Chairman of that Society from 1979 – 1982.
From the forward of the book by Ewan Clayton
“Historical Scripts is a book for the historian, the palaeographer, the calligrapher, the typographer and anyone with an interest in western lettering and documents.
With its survey of the development of book-hands, its excellent illustrations and soundly researched sources, it enables us not only to survey the history of manuscripts, but to see details of letter construction, to make judgements about the technical conditions of writing, its qualities of rhythm and movement, that are usually only possible when consulting an original manuscript.”
What others have said
“In calligraphy, the serious student and practitioner needs to study historical scripts in facsimile, and if possible in enlargement, so that the skills of the original penman may be studied at source and not in contemporary interpretation.
Stan Knight's Historical Scripts fulfills this need in an exact and excellent way and is a mine of relevant information as to sources, historical influences, size and style of the selected manuscripts. Mr Knight has devoted considerable effort in the preparation and scholarship of his text so that his book is a suitable reference work for palaeographers, as well as a continuing source of inspiration to calligraphers.” Craftwork
“Historical Scripts combines the calligrapher's eye with accurate and up-to-date palaeographical knowledge: a combination which fills a definite gap among calligraphy - and palaeography - publications.” Dr Bruce Barker-Benfieid, Bodleian Library, Oxford.
“An excellent book. Historical Scripts is miles and miles and miles ahead of anything else in the field. Indeed, I think it's alone in the field. It is wise, as well as clever.” Prof. T Julian Brown, King's College, London
“Historical Scripts is an exceptional book. It sets a new and high standard by which all subsequent books on historical aspects of calligraphy will be judged. It is a classic on its subject.” Crafts Magazine, 308 Delaware Street, New Castle, Delaware, 19720
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2nd corrected edition 2009, Hb, 112pp, all plate in monocrome, 23.5 x 31cm