Ampersands, Interrobangs and other Typographical Curiosities
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.