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Most popular Palaeography (history of writing) books

The most popular Palaeography (history of writing) books currently available. Updated weekly.
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.
How to Read Egyptian Hieroglyphs:A step-by-step guide to teach yo: 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.
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.
Easy Vietnamese
Easy Vietnamese is the perfect beginner's book for anyone who wants to learn Vietnamese on their own or with a teacher.
Tuttle Pocket Japanese Dictionary
This handy Japanese dictionary allows you to look up words quickly and easily and be understood while speaking.
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.
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.
Norwegian Runes and Runic Inscriptions
Readable, enjoyable and provides a clear overview of runes and their importance to reading the past. EARLY MEDIEVAL EUROPE
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.
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.
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.
Kodansha's Essential Kanji Dictionary
How Writing Came About
Latin Inscriptions
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.
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.
Write Your Own Egyptian Hieroglyphs: Names * Greetings * Insults * Sayings
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.
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.
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.
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.
Let's Learn Hiragana: First Book Of Basic Japanese Writing
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.
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.
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.
Chinese Characters Made Easy: Learn 1,000 Chinese Characters the Fun and Easy Way
"Whether you're a serious student or simply curious, this book makes the Chinese reading and writing system enjoyable and accessible. A lighthearted mnemonic approach associates the 1,000 most common Chinese characters with visual and verbal clues that make memorization a snap!"--Back cover.
Cultural Graphology: Writing After Derrida
Garima Gospels: Early Illuminated Gospel Books from Ethiopia
Japanese in a Flash Kit Volume 2: Learn Japanese Characters with 448 Kanji Flashcards Containing Words, Sentences and Expanded Japanese Vocabulary
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.
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!
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.
L2 Writing Beyond English
Persian Calligraphy: A Corpus Study of Letterforms
Introduction to English Runes
Introduction to the use of runes as a practical script for a variety of purposes in Anglo-Saxon England.
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.
Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code and the Uncovering of a Lost Civilisation
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.
Understanding Maya Inscriptions: A Hieroglyph Handbook
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.
Islamic Inscriptions
A vital reference for everyone interested in Islamic inscriptions on buildings, objects and works of art.
Roman Record Keeping & Communications
The first book to examine Roman record-keeping and communication-one of the key building blocks of civilization and empire. It analyses the role played by these Roman obsessions in what was effectively the Roman equivalent of social media, used to disseminate information, official and private throughout the Roman world.
Christian Epigraphy of Egypt and Nubia
Intermediate Written Chinese Practice Essentials: Read and Write Mandarin Chinese As the Chinese Do
Part of the widely-used and highly acclaimed Kubler series, The Basic Chinese and Intermediate Chinese books provide separate but integrated tracks to help you learn to read, write and speak Chinese efficiently, at your own pace.
4E Cognition and Eighteenth-Century Fiction: How the Novel Found its Feet
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.