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Calligraphy books and a selection of calligraphy sets which we think are good value for money and a useful introduction to this interesting and beautiful art form. We have included not only sets for oriental (japanese and chinese) calligraphy but also for western calligraphy. Despite the increasing use of SMS, email and social networking sites we still think there is a place for beautifully written and presented letters, and these calligraphy sets enable you to produce them.
Product Description: This book, which introduces the Westerner to a rich and mysterious world, is based on a classic compilation of the Chinese language done in the 18th century, which determined that the characters then in use were devised from 214 root pictographs or symbols. These key characters, called radicals, are all delightfully presented in this volume, with their graphic development traced through stages to the present representation, where even now (in many of them) one can easily make out what was originaly pictured - with the author's guidance. Centuries ago, when the Japaense took up writing, they also adopted these symbols, though giving them different names in their own spoken language.