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A History of Writing

Revised edition

From the earliest scratches on stone and bone to the languages of computers and the internet, A History of Writing offers an investigation into the origin and development of writing throughout the world. Illustrated with numerous examples, this book offers a global overview in a format that everyone can follow. Steven Roger Fischer also reveals his own discoveries made since the early 1980s, making it a useful reference for students and specialists as well as a delightful read for lovers of the written word everywhere.

368 pages | 150 halftones | 5 x 7 3/4

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“[An] authoritative account. . . . If you’re intrigued by writing’s past, Fischer’s book is well worth a read. . . . Brilliant.”

New Scientist, on the first edition

“[It] is wonderful . . . to see a subject that embraces so much of human civilization handled with the wide knowledge and breadth of vision it deserves.”

Nature, on the first edition

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