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ORIGIN AND PROGRESS

OF THE

ART OF WRITING:

A CONNECTED NARRATIVE

OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE ART, IN ITS PRIMEVAL PHASES IN EGYPT, CHINA, AND MEXICO;

ITS MIDDLE STATE IN THE CUNEATIC SYSTEMS OF NINEVEH AND PERSEPOLIS ;
ITS INTRODUCTION TO EUROPE THROUGH THE MEDIUM OF THE
HEBREW, PHENICIAN, 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.

SECOND EDITION.

LONDON:
DAY AND SON, GATE STREET, LINCOLN'S INN.

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