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The Origin and Progress of Writing, as well Hieroglyphic as Elementary, illustrated by Engravings taken from Marbles, Manuscripts and Charters, Ancient and Modern. Also, some Account of the Origin and Progress of Printing.
- 31 engraved plates on 28 leaves (some folding, six printed or highlighted in color). vii, xxv, 235 pp. Large 4to, cont. mottled calf (a bit of rubbing to extremities), flat spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. London: printed for the Author; sold by T. Payne and Son, et al., 1784. First edition. The author’s major work, the first English treatise on paleography; the last chapter deals with the origins of printing, which Astle traces to China. Astle was one of the leading antiquaries of his day, was engaged in the preparation of the catalogue of the Harleian manuscripts at the British Museum, and a notable collector of early books and manuscripts. A very fine and attractive copy. Not an uncommon book, but surely difficult to find in this sort of condition. Apparently lacks a half-title. ? Bigmore and Wyman I, 20. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Jonathan A. Hill, Bookseller Inc.]
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