Book of Hebrew Script by Ada Yardeni from Carta
This book traces the historical background of Hebrew writing from its beginnings until today, the graphic elements of the letters and basic rules of Hebrew palaeography and alphabetic tables of the most significant Hebrew script-styles.
This informative and clearly illustrated book is a mine of information and a perfect manual for understanding the Hebrew script.
While Arabic calligraphy if rightly famous for its exceptional beauty, and Latin calligraphy and letter design - for both artistic and practical purposes - have had a long and glorious history, Hebrew calligraphy has never gained similar attention. Professional scribes in Jewish communities have been trained since ancient times in the writing of the Sacred Scriptures and official documents, and instructions for the writing of Hebrew letters in Torah scrolls already appear in ancient literary sources, still Jewish society has usually paid more attention to content than to form.
Today's wealth of known inscriptions, documents and manuscripts in Hebrew script from different epochs and places can serve as inspiration and guidance for anyone interested in Hebrew lettering. This book presents a variety of Hebrew handwritings found in the epigraphical evidence from various periods and sites. Part 1 provides the historical background of Hebrew writing, from its beginnings until today. Part 2 deals with the graphic elements of the letters and the basic rules of Hebrew palaeography, including the various factors which influence the evolution of the letter-forms. Part 3 presents alphabetic tables of the most significant Hebrew script-styles, each accompanied by a detailed description of the main characteristics of the letter-forms. The last part of the book deals with modern Hebrew calligraphy, the design of Hebrew typefaces, and the factors which influence the harmony and balance of the script.
Part 1: Historical and Palaeographical Background
- A General Survey of the History of the Alphabet to the Birth of Jewish Script
- A General Survey of the Finds in the Jewish Script and the Square Hebrew Script
- Printed Hebrew Script
Part 2: Hebrew Palaeography
- The Graphic Elements of the Hebrew Letter and the Basic Rules of Hebrew Palaeography
- The Hand Movements and the Directions of the Strokes in Hebrew Writing
Part 3: Script-Styles and Script Charts
Part 4: Calligraphy, Script-Composition and the Designing of Typefaces
- Optical Illusions and Factors Influencing the Harmony of the Script
- The Designing of Inscriptions and Typefaces
290 b&w illustrations in original size.