The books that have the clearest hand diagrams for learning basic sign language include "The American Sign Language Handshape Dictionary," "A Basic Course in Manual Communication" and "Talking with Your Hands, Listening with Your Eyes: A Complete Photographic Guide to American Sign Language." The former refers to the second edition.
Brown, M.G. and Tennant, R.A. wrote the dictionary. The second edition includes more than 1,900 one-hand and two-hand signs that involves 40 different handshapes. The photographic guide, which was written by Grayson, G. in 2003, has over 900 signs, antonyms, synonyms, insight into Deaf culture and more. Written by O'Rourke, T.J. in 1973, the book on manual communication has more than700 signs that are arranged according to location, motion and handshape together with vocabulary and practice lessons.