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    DescriptionWriting is one of humanity's greatest inventions. Without it there would be no history and no civilization as we know it. But how, when and where did writing evolve? In a succinct, absorbing and well-illustrated text, Andrew Robinson discusses the history of decipherment and then each of the major writing systems in turn, from cuneiform and Egyptian and Mayan hieroglyphs to alphabets and the scripts of China and Japan. An invaluable guide to the worlds major writing systems, "The Story of Writing" is a book to read for both pleasure and enlightenment.

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    The Story of Writing
    Alphabets, Hieroglyphs and Pictograms
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Andrew Robinson
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 232
    Width: 191 mm
    Height: 252 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 771 g
    ISBN 13: 9780500286609
    ISBN 10: 0500286604

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25610
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: LAN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.0
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    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: CFL
    B&T General Subject: 480
    BISAC V2.8: LAN009000
    Ingram Subject Code: LA
    Libri: I-LA
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 03
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    B&T Approval Code: A22120000
    Abridged Dewey: 411
    DC22: 411
    B&T Approval Code: A22820000
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    LC classification: P211 .R6 2007
    Thema V1.0: CFL
    2, Revised
    Edition statement
    2nd Revised edition
    Illustrations note
    many col and b/w illus
    Thames & Hudson Ltd
    Imprint name
    Thames & Hudson Ltd
    Publication date
    01 May 2007
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Andrew Robinson is the Literary Editor of the Times Higher Education Supplement. He is the author of numerous books, including The Man Who Deciphered Linear B and Earthshock, both published by Thames & Hudson.
    Review quote
    "The most accessible and informative book available on the major writing systems of the world."
    Table of contents
    I. How Writing Works; 1. Reading the Rosetta Stone; 2. Sound, Symbol and Script; 3. Proto-Writing; II. Extinct Writing; 4. Cuneiform; 5. Egyptian Hieroglyphs; 6. Linear B; 7 Mayan Glyphs; 8. Undeciphered Scripts; III. Living Writing; 9. The First Alphabet; 10. New Alphabets from Old; 11. Chinese Writing; 12. Japanese Writing; 13. From Hieroglyphs to Alphabets - and Back?; Postscript in the New Millennium.