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The Story of Alphabets and Scripts

Georges Jean, Jenny Oates

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In this colourful pocket-sized book, the evolution of alphabets, scripts and ciphers is told in over 200 illustrations, woven into a fascinating text


Writing lies at the root of our civilization. It is the accumulated memory of mankind and its story is an epic one spanning six thousand years.

From the valleys of the Tigris and Euphrates to the shores of the Mediterranean, from hieroglyphics and cuneiform to the Phoenicians and the alphabet as we know it, we follow its mysterious course through the ages. Colourful medieval manuscripts lead to the invention of printing and the rich world of modern lettering in all its forms.

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 17.7 x 12.4 cm

Extent: 208 pp

Publication date: 18 May 1992

ISBN: 9780500300169

About the Author

Georges Jean (1920 - 2011) was a French poet and essayist specializing in the field of linguistics, poetry and the philosophy of semiology.

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Jenny Oates