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A Hand-Book of Volapük: And an Elementary Manual of its Grammar and Vocabulary, Prepared from the Gathered Papers of Gemmell Hunter Ibidem Justice; Together with an Account of Events Relating to the Annual General Meeting of 1891 of the Edinburgh Society

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In April 1891, two matters greatly excite the inhabitants of Edinburgh: the decennial Population Census and the Annual General Meeting of the Edinburgh Society for the Propagation of a Universal Language. This is a stunning historical novel, as engaging as it is meticulously researched.
Paperback, 315 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Polygon (first published June 1st 2006)
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Tim
Feb 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Andrew Drummond's 'A Hand-Book of Volapük', apart from being a catchy title, mixes historical fact with Victorian steampunk/fantasy with dashes of utter weirdness. It's a story of Volapük, an 'international auxiliary language' (IAL) created under divine inspiration by a German priest in the 1870s - and that part is not made up. Between about 1880 and 1930 IALs were all the rage: this was an age of idealism, where people thought that adopting a single international language would bring about worl ...more
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Jan 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Totally bonkers. Madcap farce involving forging the census, an asylum and the idea of a Universal Language. Narrative interspersed with grammar exercises in Volapuk, in the manner of a Latin textbook. Clever and original.
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A very entertaining comic romp through the history of artificial languages.
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