A History of Writing
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This lavishly illustrated history of written language comprises 58 chapters by leading specialists, who describe more than 30 significant scripts and alphabets from around the world. The book begins with the oldest, non-alphabetic systems, such as Mesopotamian cuneiform and the still undeciphered script of Easter Island. The second section focuses on the history and dissemination of alphabets, while the final chapters examine how imagery has been reincorporated into the Western alphabet, from illuminated manuscripts to digital typography.