Shady Characters

    Shady Characters

    Ampersands, Interrobangs and other Typographical Curiosities

    Keith Houston

    Particular Books 2013

    Hardback 352pp Illustrated

    9781846146473   Product Code: 19373

    Beginning with a discussion of the pilcrow (the old paragraph sign) that encompasses the history of punctuation (or lack of) from ancient Greece to the typography of Eric Gill, Houston investigates the origins and evolution of an intriguing selection of symbols old (ampersand) and new (smiley), well known ('at') and obscure (interrobang). Telling the stories of characters such as the hyphen with its 'fearsome accompanying baggage', or the pointing manicule, the book offers a highly entertaining and illuminating history of written communication.

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