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The Book of Signs by Rudolf Koch
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Feb 12, 2008

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bookshelves: occult, reference-or-non-fiction
Recommended for: artists, students of pictography
Read in January, 2007

Not really worth a review, as such. It was a reprint of a Victorian publication, by the same people who make those books of paper dolls and stained-glass dog pictures. It was almost more of a tract than a book, really. It compiled a lot of occult and historical symbols with concise explanations of traditional meanings. It was especially interesting for two reasons: it pointed out the use of letters as symbols in and of themselves and not just components of words, and it made us realize how many of these symbols we already use. I guess it really is as they say – the pictograph supersedes alphabets in its universal meaning to all humans.

This is a good reference book to keep on hand, especially considering the price ($1.25 originally, $3.00 in a used book store several decades later).

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