The Alphabet Abecedarium

The Alphabet Abecedarium : Some Notes on Letters

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If you think you know your alphabet, think again. Drawing from mythology, cosmology, history, the Bible, literature, and esoteric and conventional sources, this book takes the reader on a tour of each of the twenty-six letters of the Roman alphabet. In chapters that are descriptive, illustrative and diverse, we are shown the history and development of every letter, how its shape evolved, how its characteristics were encoded, and how its history, attributes, and meanings were reflected in myth, literature, science and religion. Rich in surprises and serendipities, profusely illustrated with related drawings from ancient scripts to present-day digitised computer alphabets, and quoting sources as diverse as James Joyce, Rabelais, Dostoevsky, Mark Twain, Elmer Fudd and Bob Dylan, "The Alphabet" is a book for all those who know their abcs, but perhaps not as well as they more

Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 21mm | 260g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0747552991
  • 9780747552994
  • 698,039

About Richard A. Firmage

Richard Firmage is an award-winning book designer and editor who has worked in publishing since obtaining an M.A. degree in history in more

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