The Book: Its History and Development

The Book: Its History and Development

The Book: Its History and Development

The Book: Its History and Development

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Rock inscriptions -- Marks on wood -- Quipus -- Wampum -- Modern ideographs -- Indian palm leaf books -- Ideographs and alphabets -- Diptychs.

THE idea of making records by means of marks cut on stone or wood did not originate in any one place, for signs of it are found more or less all over the world wherever primitive man has existed. It was not until a comparatively late period that the various kinds of record keeping were unified after a fashion and true writing evolved itself out of the chaos.

There are some forms of record keeping that have been largely used by the human race which, as far as we can at present tell, have not influenced our present form of book except negatively; but indirectly they may still have done so in some manner that we cannot distinguish.

Mankind is naturally imitative, and among his early efforts in this direction are the scratchings on bones and antlers. They comprise outlines of deer, mammoths, reindeer . . .

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