Auldhaefen Associates 

A non-profit source of pigments and many other neat things.
    741 Montana Ave. 
    Akron OH 44314-3036
     216-745-9380 voice
     216-753-8791 bbs 10AM to 10PM


Barnes & Noble
Receive color catalogs of current books published. Just send in name and address and request for catalog. You will occasionally find books that you can use in it. Updates always sent. 

    126 Fifth Ave 
      New York, NY 10011 

Daniel Smith Art Supply

This online art supply store has everything for most artists, including gilding and paint-making supplies. As it turned out, all I needed from them for this project was barrier cream, but the package came very promptly. Daniel Smith also offers classes, workshops, and technical support for artists. They have three storefronts in Washington State, and offer a very complete mail-order catalog. Watch out for rather high prices and shipping costs.

    1-800-426-6740 (voice)

    1-800-238-4065 (fax) 

    [email protected]


Edward R. Hamilton Bookseller 
They deliver in record time. They have a newspaper catalog WITH THOUSANDS OF BOOKS. Cash or check only, which is why the prices are so low. Not a lot of the illumination books of hours. Research in all categories.

    Falls Village, CT 06031-5000 


The Gabriel Guild

They are an actual guild, complete with newsletter. They  sell gum ammoniac, oak gall ink, slaked plaster, shell gold, etc. Their prices may be on the high side, but the selection is wonderful and rare. 
    6 North Pearl St.
    Suite 404E
    Port Chester, NY 10573


George Braziller Inc. 

This is a publisher. You can get the books from any of the other sources that I have listed, and sometimes cheaper, as you pay full publisher price ordering direct. BOOKS ARE FOR THE BUDGET- MINDED SCRIBE. These have full color paperbacks at reasonable prices--- average $12 for a full paperback of color photographed manuscripts. 
    60 Madison Ave 
    New York, NY 10010 


Guild of Limners 

Seller of period pigments and other illumination supplies. 
Linda Anfuso 
RD 1 Box 134-B Forest Road 
Wilton NH 03086



John Neal Books

Another bookseller that sells much more than just books. Their book selection is very complete, and like Paper & Ink, focuses on art and calligraphy themes, both facsimiles and how-to books. I ordered several books from them, as well as parchment and parchment prep materials; one of the books was no longer available, but they were kind enough to send me another free to replace it. My delivery was slowed due to some backorders, but a phone call cleared things up.  Catalog is $2.50 on newsprint and worth every penny. Books on every scribal topic with HONEST annotations. Also has a lettering arts club that sends you the catalog and you receive reduced membership prices on certain items ($7.50 US, Canada and others $8.50 for membership.)         

   1833 Spring Garden Street 

    Greensboro, NC 27403 

    1-800-369-9598 (voice)

    336-272-9015 (fax)

    [email protected]


Master John the Artificer

He's also a lot of fun to talk to, as well as the best reference for how to use the materials that he sells. His prices are more that reasonable, and he makes most of his pigments himself In addition, he TELLS you which ones are toxic, so you don't have to wonder. He will not ship until the check has cleared, but he ships very promptly. He also has a price sheet available.

    John R. Rose
    250 Emerson Street
    Pittsburgh PA 15206



Paper and Ink Books

This catalog is filled not only with art-related books, but also art supplies. I got my inks and many of my gilding supplies there. Delivery was fairly prompt, considering that I placed my order through snail mail.

    P.O. Box 35
    Woodsboro, MD 21798 

    1-800-736-7772 (voice)

    1-888-736-7773 (fax)

    [email protected] 


Pendragon has it all. They will also give you help if you have questions about what to use, as the owner is herself a calligrapher. Huge selection on calligraphic and gilding supplies, including the fairly rare items . Catalog $2.00. Excellent response by mail if out of stock. 

    PO Box 25036 
    Woodbury, MN 55125 

   [email protected] 


Rick Cavasin

A vellum/parchment maker of the highest degree. His parchment is a treat to work with! NOTE: Rick is on a well-deserved vacation during summer 2000. Please don't contact him until his main website is back up in the fall. 

68 Lightfoot Place
    Kanata, ON K2L 3L9

    [email protected]


The Scholar's Bookshelf 
This catalog has the books of hours and illumination you want. It's a great source for scribal art books and other related arts. Sales and updates sent forever once you order (and you will). Prices range from $5 to $5000. 
    51 Everett Dr 
    Princeton Jct. NJ 08550 



This store carries primarily pigments and supplies for restoration and interior design. Thus, many of their supplies are historically accurate and would be hard to find elsewhere. I got all my pigments from Sinopia, including those made from semi-precious gems. I also got some safety equipment and gesso-making supplies. Their service was very prompt, and my only complaint is that they don't have a storefront closer to me so I could go in person! (Of course, then I would end up spending all my money there, so maybe it is a good thing after all). Be warned that their pigments come mostly in large amounts. You can request a mail-order catalog or shop online.

    3385 22nd St (near Guerrero)
    San Francisco, CA 94110

    415-824-3180 (voice)

    415-824-3280 (fax)

    [email protected]


Thames and Hudson 
Send a name and a postcard to this address and they will send you news and forthcoming publications. Beautiful books. Three of them are the most
lovely of sources I constantly use for illumination & calligraphy. Hardcover, expensive, but worth it. 

    500 Fifth Ave 
    New York, NY 10110 


Calligraphy and Illumination Periodicals

Center for the Calligraphic Arts 

Journal-bimonthly magazine. Research article on Calligraphy or related arts in each issue. Subscriptions are $15 a year, US and Canada (US currency). Back issues available. 
    PO Box 8005 
    Wichita, KS 6720


Other Related Links The web bookstore that has it all, or can order it for you.

Barnes and Noble-- Their rare and out-of-print books section is great for finding older editions, and sometimes cheap used hardcover books in good condition.


The St. John's Bible-- A modern scribal effort, done using both computers and time-tested medieval techniques.

The Society for Creative Anachronism: Cyber-scriptorium-- A thousand thanks to the SCA scribes who shared their knowledge of the modern artist and medieval art.

On Illuminated Manuscripts-- A smorgasbord of references for the modern scribe, including an annotated bibliography, articles on various topics, and many more links than I plan on including here.


Some online facsimiles:

A Hundred Highlights from the Koninklijke Bibliotheek

Aberdeen Bestiary

The Colophon Gallery


Hill Monastic Manuscript Library


Some large sites with many links and online bibliographies:

The Labyrinth: Resources for Medieval Studies

Byzantium: Byzantine Studies on the Internet

NIXNET Medieval