New Horizons


The Story of Alphabets and Scripts

  1. Georges Jean
  2. Translated by Jenny Oates
  • ISBN 9780500300169
  • 17.70 x 12.40 cm
  • Paperback
  • 208pp
  • Illustrated throughout in colour and black and white
  • First published 1992
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Writing lies at the root of our civilization. It is the accumulated memory of mankind.

In this colourful pocket-sized book, the story of the evolution of alphabets, scripts and ciphers is told in over 200 illustrations, woven into a fascinating text and many historical documents.

Georges Jean was for many years professor of linguistics and semiology at the University of Maine. He was awarded the 1980 Fondation de France prize for his book Le Plaisir des Mots (The Pleasure of Words).