Business and Pleasure; Or, Social Progress, by the Author of 'Nature's Wonders'

Business and Pleasure; Or, Social Progress, by the Author of 'Nature's Wonders'

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1854 edition. Excerpt: ...down on its side, thus, M, as a distinction between sentences; but then the words are left undistinguished." "And when were proper stops invented, mamma?" "They were gradually introduced with the art of printing; the comma first, and note of admiration last, which is of comparatively recent date." "Uncle Edward has some very curious writing in the beginning of his Bible: it was not English." "No, I remember, it is the name of a friend, in Turkish character. Your grandmother has a firman, or passport, in that language, with the sultan's signature in a great scrawl, which somebody had given many years ago to your grandfather; but after his death grandmamma had forgotten all about its history and contents; so one day, when the Rev. Joseph Wolff, the eastern traveller, was at her house, she asked him to interpret it." "Could he read Turkish, then?" "Oh, yes, quite well; and he read it with a great deal of amusement, for it was his own passport, which he recollected having given to your great-grandfather a very long time before; and he pointed out his own name in Turkish letters." "How droll, to be sure I I wish I had been there," said Harold; and Jamie echoed the wish. "There is another kind of writing, called short-hand, which is of very early origin, and was known to the Egyptians as hieroglyphics." "I thought hieroglyphics only meant picture-writing," said Jamie. "It formerly meant much more than that, being invented to teach a variety of religious doctrines, which could not be easily understood from the symbol without explanation from the initiated. Thus the famous hieroglyphic upon the temple of Minerva at Sais, consisting of the pictures of an...show more

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  • Paperback | 50 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236641167
  • 9781236641168