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The 26 Letters By Oscar Ogg,

  • Title: The 26 Letters
  • Author: Oscar Ogg
  • ISBN: -
  • Page: 146
  • Format: Hardcover
  • One of America s foremost calligraphers here tells the complete and fascinating story of writing characters In the days before history men scratched upon the walls of their caves animal portraits and startingly lifelike hunting scenes Later, the Egyptians produced a really systematic means of writing, and their decorative hieroglyphics were in use as long as five thousa One of America s foremost calligraphers here tells the complete and fascinating story of writing characters In the days before history men scratched upon the walls of their caves animal portraits and startingly lifelike hunting scenes Later, the Egyptians produced a really systematic means of writing, and their decorative hieroglyphics were in use as long as five thousand years before the birth of Christ In spite of their various styles of writing hieroglyphic, hieratic and demotic the Egyptians never really produced a true alphabet That step, the most important of all, was taken by the efficient, commercial Phoenicians, who quite ironically made one of the greatest contributions to civilization when they carried their writing to the peninsula of Greece In Greece, the letters, which hitherto had varied widely according to the whim of the writer, became well formed, definite characters The Romans made further improvements and incorporated into their alphabet all the letters that we have today except J, U and W They produced on memorial columns the most beautiful capital letters that have ever been inscribed The evolution of small letters followed From the Roman incised capitals a succession of scribes over a span of centuries developed first the Square Capitals, then the Rutic Capials By the fifth century A.D manuscript work was chiefly conducted in Christian monasteries where the beautiful unicals and semiunicals were perfected Charlemagne undertook to revise the somewhat haphazard recrding of Church literature and under him Alcuin of York designed the exquisite Caroline letter, which was the forefunner of all modern small letter alphabets In the hands of his followers the Caroline small letters continued to changed in character and finish, attaining their present form several centuries before the invention of printing The early printers simply copied the best of the handwritten characters that were in existence In fact they had to copy to compete In the same way, when we moderns invented typesetting devices and high speed machinery, we too adopted our mechanically produced letters from letter forms that had been nurtured and polished for thousands of years And that is the way they are today Mr Ogg makes it very clear that letters are not merely geometric symbols The characters themselves are a form of art that is a priceless heritage Full of love and admiration for these letters, he has drawn examples of all the ancient, the medieval, the modern with the skill and devotion of a manuscript scribe He has enlivened this history with thumbnail stories the discovery of the Altamira wall paintings the strange letter to Darius the finding of the Rosetta stone the competition of Saint Columba and Saint Finnian He tells how type is made and how a modern printing press works He explains the principles of Egyptian hieroglyphics He makes it clear how the Chinese alphabet works In short he covers the whole alphabet story from beginning to end from the hardcover edition jacket sixth printing
    The Letters One of America s foremost calligraphers here tells the complete and fascinating story of writing characters In the days before history men scratched upon the walls of their caves animal portraits and

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    1. A simply written, beautifully designed, visually elegant book that is a pleasure to read and absorb The story of the origins of writing and the development of the letters of our alphabet from the cave paintings of the stone age to the printing press and beyond fills the reader with a sense of wonder Highly recommended to all interested in the history of our alphabet, the vehicle of our literature Ogg s passion and reverence for the history of our letters shines through every page, and as a story [...]

    2. Where do did letters come from anyway This is one of my favourite books It combines two of my interests, typography and history, as well as being beautifully printed and bound with well executed two colour illustrations throughout It is a very light and easy read having been written as an introduction to the origins and history of our alphabet The author succeeds in explaining all of the key contributors that have developed the alphabet that we enjoy today from merchants and emperors to reed pen [...]

    3. Ogg loves letters, writing them, printing them, studying them He makes this interesting in his book for the most part It starts to drag when he gets to all the alphabets that appeared when printing started up.Stop and think Can you think of any Roman writing that isn t all in capital letters You can t because there were no small letters.So where and when did small letters appear Ogg traces their development.Romans used no punctuation, no sentences, no paragraphs Why do we Ogg goes into this too. [...]

    4. An interesting book at the start but then the last half third was focussed on printing development which isn t an area I am that interested in The book is about the development of the alphabet and how we got to where we are today with our 26 letters from the Phoenicians and Egyptians many many years ago Some parts were very interesting or example the link between the Phoenician word for A which was aleph and the image they used for that letter which looked like an ox Also the link between the Eg [...]

    5. Ogg presents a fascinating and easily understood history of our alphabet I was absolutely enthralled throughout the book The only chapter that confused me was the last one because I read the latest edition from the 1970s and I don t know much about printmaking pre computers While I smiled to myself, thinking how far we ve come in 30 years, I m grateful that someone recorded the history of our letters in a way that actually makes sense I wonder what Ogg would say about our computers and word proc [...]

    6. A good airplane read easy, lots of pictures It seemed simplistic at parts and overly in depth at other parts I was a little disappointed because I expected stories of letters such as the fascinating story of the letter C and why it exists at all Still, the printing stuff, though unexpected, was interesting to a point.

    7. Got a little draggy towards the end, but I had fun reading this It has pictures examples of lettering on almost every page, and I learned a lot.

    8. Fun book about the development of the letterswritten in that lovable 1950 s conversation style for young adults.

    9. Beautifully illustrated with calligraphy and type examples showing the evolution of writing, this books is also entertaining with it s 1950 s conversational style of narration Loved it.

    10. This one is probably out of print I found and bought a copy a few years back at a used bookstore A delightfully illustrated presentation of the history of letterforms.

    11. An easy to read introduction to the development of writing with a focus on the English alphabet Starting in prehistory and ending around the time of publication, which was 1948 This is suitable for middle school aged readers, I think.There are plenty of illustrations of different styles of characters and scripts, presumably produced by the author, which is kind of impressive There is an emphasis on the ways in which the available tools for writing literally shaped the letters used throughout his [...]

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