A is for Ox: a Short History of the Alphabet by Lyn Davies

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Lyn Davies’ excellent book gives a brief history of the alphabet’s development, tracing the path of change in simply, direct prose, illustrated with numerous examples of symbols, engravings and script. From the rebus effect to minuscules, he makes clear these first steps in the sometimes hazy world of philology, introducing us along the way to a cast that varies from free-booting Phoenicians, Renaissance bibliophiles and modern day texting teenagers.

Folio Society, 2006.
127 pp.
Hardcover. Fine in original slipcase.