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Most popular Palaeography (history of writing) books

The most popular Palaeography (history of writing) books currently available. Updated weekly.
Signs of Civilisation: How punctuation changed history
Signs of Civilisation provides an account of the rich cultural history of punctuation.
Every Girl's Alphabet
Every Boy's Alphabet
Understanding Hieroglyphs: A Quick and Simple Guide
Learn how to unlock the secrets of an ancient civilization with the help of this book. Featuring hundreds of the most commonly used hieroglyphs, arranged in easy-to-use tables, with translations, plus examples from monuments, documents and museum exhibitions.
Writing: Making Your Mark
This beautifully illustrated book, published to coincide with an interactive landmark British Library exhibition, celebrates the act of writing from across the globe and explores its complex and diverse history.
Easy Vietnamese
Easy Vietnamese is the perfect beginner's book for anyone who wants to learn Vietnamese on their own or with a teacher.
Story of Writing: Alphabets, Hieroglyphs and Pictograms
Writing 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? This book discusses the history of decipherment and major writing systems, from cuneiform and Egyptian and Mayan hieroglyphs to alphabets and the scripts of China and Japan.
Writing: Making Your Mark
This beautifully illustrated book, published to coincide with an interactive landmark British Library exhibition, celebrates the act of writing from across the globe and explores its complex and diverse history.
ABCs in the Bible
JLPT Study Guide: The Comprehensive Guide to the JLPT Level N5 Exam (Free MP3 audio recordings and printable extras)
Oxford Gothic Grammar
This volume provides a comprehensive reference grammar of Gothic, the earliest attested language of the Germanic family (apart from runic inscriptions). It is the first in English to draw on the recently discovered Bologna fragment and Crimean graffiti, in addition to the traditional Bible translation explored in most works to date.
Tuttle Pocket Japanese Dictionary
This handy Japanese dictionary allows you to look up words quickly and easily and be understood while speaking.
Palaeography of Gothic Manuscript Books: From the Twelfth to the Early Sixteenth Century
This book, first published in 2003, is a detailed survey of book scripts used in western and central Europe from c.1100 to c.1530. Illustrated with hundreds of examples of the hands discussed, this book is an essential guide for those studying the manuscripts of the period and an invaluable reference work for scholars.
Complete Guide to Japanese Kanji: Remembering and Understanding the 2,136 Standard Characters
Mandarin Chinese Characters Language Practice Pad: Learn Mandarin Chinese in Just a Few Minutes Per Day!
Five minutes a day is all it takes to begin learning Chinese!
Alpha Beta
The idea behind the alphabet - that language with all its wealth of meaning can be recorded with a few meaningless signs - is an extraordinary one.
Garima Gospels: Early Illuminated Gospel Books from Ethiopia
Scribal Repertoires in Egypt from the New Kingdom to the Early Islamic Period
This volume reconceptualizes scribal variation in pre-modern Egypt from the perspective of contemporary historical sociolinguistics, as a rich source for understanding the scribes' complex socio-cultural environments. A series of case studies applies this framework to scribal variation spanning thousands of years, from Pharaonic to Islamic Egypt.
Text Technologies: A History
This coursebook examines the material history of human communication, allowing students and teachers to examine how communication's production, form, materiality, and reception are crucial to our interpretations of culture, history, and society.
Renaissance Reform of the Book and Britain: The English Quattrocento
The definitive study of humanist script in England before 1509, this book also provides an important re-interpretation of the success of Renaissance humanism. It introduces a range of Dutch, German, English and Scottish scribes in demonstrating humanism's cosmopolitanism.
Keys of Egypt: The Race to Read the Hieroglyphs
A vivid and superbly written account of the unravelling of one of the great intellectual puzzles, set against the backdop of Europe in the Napoleonic era.
Kanji Cards Kit Volume 4: Learn 537 Japanese Characters Including Pronunciation, Sample Sentences and Related Compound Words
Kanji Cards Kit Volume 4 is the fourth and final instalment in the Tuttle Kanji Cards series. It presents the student with the most advanced and complex kanji. Building on the foundation established in the first three volumes, Kanji Cards Kit Volume 4 utilizes a highly acclaimed methodology that has become the gold standard for kanji learning for thousands of students worldwide.
Chinese Writing System in Asia: An Interdisciplinary Perspective
Kodansha's Essential Kanji Dictionary
How to Read Egyptian Hieroglyphs: A step-by-step guide to teach yourself
A practical teach-yourself course on ancient Egyptian hieroglyph for the general reader. In this text, the grammar of ancient Egypt is introduced using the inscriptions found on monuments, with an emphasis on learning to read and translate accurately.
Introduction to English Runes
Introduction to the use of runes as a practical script for a variety of purposes in Anglo-Saxon England.
Write Your Own Egyptian Hieroglyphs: Names * Greetings * Insults * Sayings
Scottish Handwriting 1150-1650: An Introduction to the Reading of Documents
Surveys the historical background of handwriting usage, with emphasis on changing fashions. This book provides guidance on how to deal with early language and abbreviations. It is suitable for research students, local historians, genealogists, and calligraphers.
How Writing Came About
Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code and the Uncovering of a Lost Civilisation
History of English Spelling
This book provides an outline history of English spelling from the Anglo-Saxon' adoption of the Roman alphabet to the present day.
Let's Learn Hiragana: First Book Of Basic Japanese Writing
Decipherment of Linear B
The languages of the ancient world and the mysterious scripts, long undeciphered, in which they were encoded have represented one of the most intriguing problems of classical archaeology in modern times.
Cultural Graphology: Writing After Derrida
Reading & Writing Chinese Traditional Character Edition: A Comprehensive Guide to the Chinese Writing System
This is a compete and easy to use guide for reading and writing traditional Chinese characters. Reading and Writing Chinese has been the leading text for foreign students and teachers of the Chinese writing system since it was first published.
Second 100 Chinese Characters Simplified: The Quick and Easy Way to Learn the Basic Chinese Characters
The Second 100 Chinese Characters adopts a structural approach that helps students to learn, recognize and write the second 100 most common Chinese characters.
Linguistic History of Ancient Cyprus: The Non-Greek Languages, and their Relations with Greek, c.1600-300 BC
A pioneering interdisciplinary study of the languages and writing systems of ancient Cyprus, covering a broad time-span (1600-300 BC) and considering not only the languages themselves but also the relationship between them, as well as their social and historical context.
Sixteenth-Century Readers, Fifteenth-Century Books: Continuities of Reading in the English Reformation
Investigating the reception of medieval manuscripts over a long century, and the members of the Tudor gentry family who owned them, reveals an unexpectedly strong interest in works of the past, and the continuing intellectual and domestic importance of medieval manuscripts in an age of print.
Text Technologies: A History
This coursebook examines the material history of human communication, allowing students and teachers to examine how communication's production, form, materiality, and reception are crucial to our interpretations of culture, history, and society.
Lorg na Leabhar: A Festschrift for Padraig A. Breatnach
History of Writing
From the earliest scratches on stone and bone to the languages of computers and the internet, this title offers an investigation into the origin and development of writing throughout the world. It focuses on the emergence of complete writing systems in Mesopotamia in the fourth millennium BC.
Runes and Runic Inscriptions: Collected Essays on Anglo-Saxon and Viking Runes
Of outstanding value to both runologist and Anglo-Saxonist alike. EARLY MEDIEVAL EUROPE Discussion of the forms of the runic alphabet and interpretations of individual inscriptions, with consideration of wider matters on which runes throw light magic, paganism and literacy.
Working with Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts
Bringing together advice and information from a group of eminent scholars, this title aims to develop in the reader an informed and realistic approach to the mechanisms for accessing and handling manuscripts in what may be limited time. It is suitable for students and fledgling researchers in Anglo-Saxon history and literature.
Breaking the Maya Code
Presents the inside story of one of the major intellectual breakthroughs of our time - the great decipherment of an ancient Maya script revised with the advanced developments. This title features 113 illustrations that provide details about the people and texts that have enabled us to read the Maya script.
Writing - Theory and History of the Technology of Civilization
"This is an excellent, accessible introduction to writing's origins and development; Powell's jargon-free exposition clarifies many important issues in a way that specialist discussions have rarely achieved to date.
Epigraphy and Islamic Culture: Inscriptions of the Early Muslim Rulers of Bengal (1205-1494)
Shady Characters: Ampersands, Interrobangs and other Typographical Curiosities
Where does the ampersand get its name from? What does the hashtag have to do with commerce in ancient Rome? This book gives answers to these questions. From the pilcrow to the ampersand, it reflects the changes in written communication through the ages, charting how punctuation has adapted to each new technological innovation.
Children's Early Text Construction
This text provides English-language readers with updated versions of papers presented at an international workshop on children's early text construction held in Rome. They covers such issues as the relationship between acquisition of language and familiarity with written texts.
Scribes and Scholars: A Guide to the Transmission of Greek and Latin Literature
It explores how the texts from classical Greece and Rome have survived and gives an account of the reasons why it was thought worthwhile to preserve them for future generations. In this 4th edition adjustments have been made to the text and the notes have been revised in order to take account of advances in scholarship over the last twenty years.
Does Spelling Matter?
This book narrates the history of English spelling from the Anglo-Saxons to the present-day. It also examines the changing attitudes to spelling, including numerous proposals for spelling reform, ranging from the introduction of new alphabets to more modest attempts to rid English of its silent letters, and the differing agendas they reveal.