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The Story Of Writing

By Donald Jackson

Publisher: The Parker Pen Company

Publishing Year: 1981

1St Edition

1St Print

Language: English

Book Format: Hard Cover

Book Dimensions: 19x26 cm

176 Pages



"The process by which man learned to embody his language in writing is one of the great miracles in the history of his success as a species. It is the method where – by collective memory could be maintained and information stored, it is the medium for story-telling, and it provides the essential means by which men could build empires and administrative them. It has also, as various times and places, assumed the qualities of art and become an object if great beauty. This book relates the story of the “magic art” from its earliest beginnings in the cuneiform script of the Sumerians nearly six thousand years ago, up to the present day.
A central theme in the authors’s account of this story is the link between the materials used for writing and the way this writing developed. Over and over again he shows how the shape of particular alphabets grew out of the predominant material – the clay tables of the Sumerians, the papyrus and reed pen of the Egyptians, the stone-carving of the Romans – and how these almost haphazard circumstances were the turning points in the story of writing up to our own times. By actually using these materials we can ourselves physically feel the history of writing with our own hands, and accurate instructions are given throughout the book, illustrated with step-by step drawings, on such processes as making papyrus and cutting a reed pen, curing and using a quill, and making illuminated letters in the medieval style.
One of the highest points in the history of calligraphy as a fine art were the medieval and renaissance illuminated manuscripts, and a full account is given of the life and work of the medieval scribe, together with a fascinating guide to what to look for in such manuscripts, illustrated with examples. The effect on writing of the invention of printing, of copperplate printing processes, of the steel-nib pen, the fountain pen and all our modern writing devices, are dealt with in turn, each with apposite examples and illustrations. Finally the author looks at the present and the future, and illuminates his theme that a man’s writing is the mirror of his personality."



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