"The majestic capitals inscribed on Trajan's Column in Rome are the basis of our written alphabet, and for centuries artist-craftsmen have attempted to recreate their flowing lines. After studying the manuscripts on which the inscription was based and the tenth-century English manuscripts from which our lowercase alphabet developed, Arthur Baker finally deciphered the hand motions that formed these magnificent letters, unlocking the secret of their grace and fluidity. In this book Baker guides the calligrapher, step by step, through these hand motions. Each letter, capital and lowercase, is illustrated in a full page, showing Baker's hand as he makes the strokes. In addition to the manual, there are several pages illustrating applications of the foundational hand." - back matter
Basic supplies and instructions are also included, as are full-alphabet variant illustrations from pages 61-90.