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PANTOGRAPHIA; CONTAINING ACCURATE COPIES OF ALL THE KNOWN ALPHABETS IN THE WORLD; TOGETHER WITH AN ENGLISH EXPLANATION OF THE PECULIAR FORCE OR POWER OF EACH LETTER ...
London: John and Arthur Arch, et al. 1799. 8vo. re-cased with most of original cloth preserved, newer leather spine label. (iv), xxxvi, 320 pages. First edition, finely printed letterpress in types cast by Fry, Steele, and Co. on hotpressed Super-Royal Wove Paper with Cooper and Graham's "best" ink. (Bigmore & Wyman I,243; Bonacini 647, Lowndes 844, Updike II,120 and Birrell and Garnett 93). A specimen of the full range of each alphabet is shown on the verso pages, with a textual description on the recto. Fry, one of the most learned of the English typefounders of his day, spent sixteen years researching this great work. Contains more than two hundred specimens, arranged alphabetically by name, of alphabets from Abyssinian to New Zealand, including twenty varieties of Chaldean, thirty-nine of the Greek, as well as eight Egyptian, eleven Hebrew, seven Irish, six Malayan, seven Persian, seven Phoenician, seven Samaritan, one Tibetan, and two Welsh. Requiring an extraordinarily large range of type specimens, many of the characters were expressly cut by Fry for his book, although some did come from the James' Foundry. Signed and dated "William Tooke, 1799" on second blank page; this could be the English literary figure William Tooke (1744-1820). His name is crossed out and "E. West" is written under it. The book has been re-cased, preserving the original cloth sides and spine and all laid down on newer cloth with leather spine label.
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