The Origin and Progress of the Art of Writing


The Origin and Progress of the Art of Writing


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Title continues: "A connected Narrative of the Development of the Art, Its Primeval Phases in Egypt, China, Mexico, Etc.,; Its Middle State in the Cuneatic Systems of Nineveh and Persepolis, to Its Introduction to Europe Through the Medium of the Hebrew, Phoenician, and Greek Systems, and Its Subsequent Progress to the Present Day." We believe this binding to be thermoplastic, which was used mainly for photographic cases (ambrotypes and daguerreotypes) but also for such household goods as hairbrushes. The process uses gum shellac, wood fibre or other fibrous material with a colour dye, heated and mixed together and pressed into a mould. The numerous additions to this book by a former owner add greatly to its interest. Presentation bookplate to Coleman P. Hyman, born Chatham, Kent in 1862 where he was honorary secretary of the local synagogue. Hyman moved to Australia where he held many positions in various Jewish organizations. He returned to England ca. 1910 and died there in 1929. He is known to have been a keen collector of bookplates himself. The extra items glued and written inside may assumed to be his.

Publication Info

  • Publisher: Ingram, Cooke, and Co
  • Edition: First Edition
  • Date Published: 1853
  • Place Published: London
  • ISBN: n/a


  • Condition: Good
  • Signed: No
  • Dust Jacket: No
  • Jacket Condition: n/a
  • Details:
    viii, 176 p., interspersed with plates. 27 cm. Colour frontispiece, 10 colour plates, 17 b&w plates. Black thermoplastic binding (or possibly papier-mch?). Marbled endpapers and gilt text block edges. Respined with original spine overlaid. Binding cracked, front board more so than rear. Bookplate states presented to Coleman P. Hyman from Asher Lyons in Chatham, Kent, England August 1884. Small label attached to front free endpaper. The owner's name in Hebrew, Greek, etc. Samples of hieroglyphs p. 35 and alphabet on p. 133. Some thumbing and spotting. Dampstains to plates. Additions pasted on to rear of plate across from p.127, to rear of plate across from p. 145, to rear of plates 20-1 and to pp. 138 and 140, across from plate 176, and rear endpapers. Colour plate 22 has been cut down and reinserted. Some tears in pastedowns/red paper background.

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