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Writing Systems of the World

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This unique, ambitious and entertaining book presents twenty-nine scripts in detail and offers examples of a hundred more. Written in nontechnical prose and organized into brief but comprehensive sections, it will serve as a handy reference for world travelers, stamp collectors, and calligraphers, along with providing hours of reading enjoyment to those who are fascinated ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published December 15th 1989 by Tuttle Publishing (first published April 1980)
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Akira Nakanishi’s Writing Systems of the World is an interesting book to say the least. It’s a reference book that presents 29 languages across the world and their unique scripts.

Right of the bat I have to say that the book is slightly outdated on some parts. Nakanishi wrote the book in 1975, whereas it wasn’t translated and published in English before 1980. Even so, years have passed and the world has changed. I mean, the book features a section about the Soviet Union (USSR). It’s not political
Wonderful concise encyclopedia of writing systems of the world. Each region is introduced and all its major actively used writing systems get a two page description with their full script and a scan of a newspaper title page. A selection of extinct or smaller local scripts get at least small showcases after each chapter.

I got this book, because Wikipedia is really not convenient to explore the scripts and it was worth it!

Minor problems: I would have liked more space (even full entries) for the h
A joy to read. Easy to navigate, easy to compare systems. Clear, lucid prose. Excellent examples.
Didn't know there were so many different styles of writing and languages.
This shows the scripts of many different languages in two-page format.
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