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The Alphabet Abecedarium - Some Notes On Letters

Firmage, Richard A

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ISBN 10: 0879239980 / ISBN 13: 9780879239985
Verlag: Godine, Boston, 2000
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Paperback, F. xii+307pp, many b/w illustrations, a nice fine as new copy. An A-Z history of letters & the Roman Alphabet. The book shows the development and design of the 26 letters. Drawing on sources such as mythology, cosmology, history, the bible, and literature. 525 grams. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 35827

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Titel: The Alphabet Abecedarium - Some Notes On ...

Verlag: Godine, Boston

Erscheinungsdatum: 2000

Einband: Soft cover

Auflage: 2nd impression.

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Reprint of first edition. An initial chapter on the history of the alphabet is followed by a chapter on each letter: origins, history, forms, and symbolic meanings. A chapter on "auxiliary marks and signs" concludes. Well-illustrated with examples, for which sources are usually not given. Bibliography & index. The author is a book designer and editor. Name in ink on half-title. xii, 307+ 1 pages. stiff paper wrappers.. 8vo..

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Firmage, usually an editor and designer of other's books, has himself written, designed, illustrated, and typeset this learned and occasionally comic homage to the Roman alphabet--the building blocks of his trade and, he makes clear, of Western civilization itself. To a generation raised on Sesame Street--where letters are animated, personalized, empowered, and celebrated--Firmage's compendium of lore will seem like a logical extension of childhood, a postgraduate course in the alphabet. Addressing himself to the ``light-hearted, the fun-loving, and the free-thinking,'' the author draws on numerous disciplines--religion, physics, music, art, architecture, numerology, astronomy, astrology, math, literature, philology, calligraphy, etc.--and on various histories (of typography, paper, and printing) to create individual genealogies of letters--attributing biographies to them, as well as personalities and reputations. There's the ``legitimacy'' of the letter H; the ``hidden world'' of I; the ``success story'' of J; the ``celebrated'' O; the ``much used, often abused'' T; and the ``philosophical'' Y. Firmage considers influences both ancient and modern--from cave paintings to computers, from the Pythagoreans, cabalists, Etruscans, Phoenicians, Celts, Greeks, and Plato to Gutenberg, Benjamin Franklin, James Thurber, Marshall McLuhan, and Dr. Seuss. He populates the ``magical, powerful'' world of the alphabet with hundreds of historical, fanciful, artistic, and emblematic designs--some integrated into the text, others running along the bottom of the page--and comments on their uses, flaws, and evolution. A triumph of presentation on many levels, not the least of which is Firmage's narrative voice--congenial, well-paced, wide- ranging, and gifted with a clear sense of his readership. -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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