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Humphreys, Henry Noel, 1810-1879

The origin and progress of the art of writing : a connected narrative of the development of the art, its primeval phases in Egypt, China, Mexico, etc ; its middle state in the cuneatic systems of Nineveh and Persepolis, to its introduction to Europe through the medium of the Hebrew, Phœnician, and Greek systems, and its subsequent progress to the present day / by Henry Noel Humphreys, author of the "Illuminated books of the Middle Ages," "The art of illumination," "Ancient coins and medals," etc. ; illustrated by a number of specimens of the writing of all ages, and a series of facsimiles from autograph letters from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century.

Additional Title(s):

History of writing

London : Ingram, Cooke, and Co., MDCCCLIII [1853]
London : Printed by Robson, Levey, and Franklyn, Great New Street and Fetter Lane
Physical Description:
viii, 176 pages, xxviii leaves of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Z105 H92+ Oversize
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Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Chromolithographs with imprint Day & Son; monochrome lithographs printed by P. Jerrard.
The "Pictorial Writing of Mexico" is a copy of a print by Agostino Aglio of the Codex Mendoza, in Antiquities of Mexico, volume 1.
Friedman, J. Color printing in England, 1486-1870, 167
Some copies bound in original black embossed papier maché boards with title "The history of writing" in the center of the floral design on front and back covers. What appears to be red flocked paper is visible under the papier maché. Title "The history of writing" in gilt on leather spine.
SML,Y Ba18 024y: Plates are all there but in wrong order.
Subject Terms:
Autographs -- Facsimiles.
Writing -- History.
Papier mâché bindings.
Aglio, Agostino, 1777-1857.
Jerrard, Paul, printer.
Ingram and Cooke (Firm), publisher.
Robson, Levey, and Franklyn (Firm), printer.
Day & Son, printer.
IIIF Manifest:

Color Printing in England, 1486-1870 (Yale Center for British Art, April 20, 1978-June 25, 1978) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

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