Conjectural Observations on the Origin and Progress of Alphabetic Writing.

(DAVY, Charles)
Presumed first edition and published 1772 (see COPAC). 8vo., disbound, complete. [4],ix,[1],126,[2]p.,3 folding plates (all present), with dedication leaf. Title vignette. Coat of Arms of Sir George Beaumont to whom work is dedicated. Illustrative head-and tail-piece. The 3 plates bear alphabetic tables, and an Egyptian inscription with facing translation. ; A scarce and unusual early work on the formation of alphabets. Davy posited writing as a human invention (rather than having Divine origin, commonly thought at the time) in a way that has relevance to today's theories. Pp. 123-[127] contain 'Conversation between Queen Elizabeth and Dr. Symson' and a 'Hymn to Isis'.
Book ID 37136
Pages Edition First Edition
Date 1772 Cover Type Paperback
Condition Very Good-
Publisher London Printed for T. Wright
Price: £300.00
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