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The alphabetic labyrinth : the letters in history and imagination

Author: Johanna Drucker
Publisher: New York, New York : Thames and Hudson, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
A colorful and thorough exploration of the history of the alphabet and its symbolism in a mystical, philosophical, social, and artistic context.

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Johanna Drucker
ISBN: 0500016089 9780500016084
OCLC Number: 32698774
Notes: "Printed and bound in Slovenia"--Title page verso.
Awards: Winner of British Book Design & Production Award Winter & Co General Hardback Award Category 1996
Description: 320 pages : illustrations, facsimiles ; 27 cm
Contents: I. The Alphabet in Context --
II. Origins and Historians --
III. The Alphabet in Classical History, Philosophy and Divination --
IV. Gnosticism, Hermeticism, Neo-Platonism and Neo-Pythagoreanism: The Alphabet in the Hellenistic and Early Christian Era --
V. Calligraphy, Alchemy and Ars Combinatoria in the Medieval Period --
VI. The Kabbalah --
VII. Rationalizing the Alphabet: Construction, Real Character and Philosophical Languages in the Renaissance --
VIII. The Social Contract, Primitivism and Nationalism: The Alphabet in the 18th Century --
IX. The Alphabet in the 19th Century: Advertising, Visible Speech and Narratives of History --
X. 20th Century: Eclecticism, Technology and the Idiosyncratic Imagination.
Responsibility: Johanna Drucker.


The letters of the alphabet have been the object of speculation since their invention almost 4000 years ago. This book explores this realm, and should be of interest to cultural historians, art  Read more...


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