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An absolutely outstanding reference!,
By A Customer
This review is from: The World's Writing Systems (Hardcover)
The most wide-ranging treatment of the subject I have ever seen. The depth of coverage is also excellent. There are 74 sections, each dealing with anything up to a dozen or so scripts. This book covers everything from Sumerian "Counting Tokens" up to Computerised Representations, across the whole globe. It is very thoroughly illustrated throughout with generally high quality charts of the writing systems themselves, as well as numerous short texts in each script. The example texts are neatly translated on a step-by-step basis into English, giving a very clear notion of how the scripts (and underlying languges) work. The 900 or so pages are full of very clear and informative text giving an incredible amount of highly authoritative information about each script.
All in all, a most worthy addition to the bookshelf of any person interested in the the form and development of any or all of the world's writing systems.