The Alphabetic Labyrinth: The Letters in History and ImaginationBooks about Books
by Johanna Drucker.
Thames & Hudson, 1995. Very Good+ in dust jacket.
The letters of the alphabet have been the object of speculation since their invention almost 4000 years ago. The symbols represent sounds, yet they exist in their own right, often invested with quasi-magical power. This book examines the many imaginative, often idiosyncratic ways in which the letters of the alphabet have been assigned value in political, spiritual, or religious belief systems over two millennia.
Important look at the alphabet by this noted book artist/scholar.
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