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The golden thread : the story of writing

Author: Ewan Clayton
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Counterpoint, Publishers Group West [2014] ©2013
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From the simple representative shapes used to record transactions of goods and services in ancient Egypt to the sophisticated typographical resources available to twenty-first-century computer users, the story of writing is the story of human civilization itself. Calligraphy expert Ewan Clayton marks each step in the historical development of writing, and explores the social and cultural impact of every stage: the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ewan Clayton
ISBN: 9781619022423 : 1619022427
OCLC Number: 852223508
Notes: "First published in Great Britain in 2013 by Atlantic Books"--Title-page verso.
Description: 407 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Roman foundations --
The convenience of the codex --
Speaking through the senses --
The New World : script and print --
Turning the page : Reformation and renewal --
Handwriting returns --
Putting the world of the written word in order --
The coming of industry --
The Industrial Age --
Revolutions--in art and print --
Alternative dreams --
The material artefact.
Responsibility: Ewan Clayton.

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From the simple representative shapes used to record transactions of goods and services in ancient Egypt to the sophisticated typographical resources available to twenty-first-century computer users, the story of writing is the story of human civilization itself. Calligraphy expert Ewan Clayton marks each step in the historical development of writing, and explores the social and cultural impact of every stage: the invention of the alphabet; the replacement of the papyrus scroll with the codex in the late Roman period; the perfecting of printing using movable type in the fifteenth century and the ensuing spread of literacy; the industrialization of printing during the Industrial Revolution; the impact of artistic Modernism on the written word in the early twentieth century, and of the digital switchover at the century's close.

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