The Alphabet, by David Diringer
The invention and diffusion of the alphabet, while one of the greatest of human achievements, is also one of the deepest of historical mysteries. Moreover, so much new light has been cast upon it by recent archaeological discoveries that all previous treatments of the subject, all past theories about it, and all such expositions of it as are to be found in the general run of encyclopedias and popular works of reference are now hopelessly out of date. Both professional students and laymen will therefore owe a debt of gratitude to Dr. David Diringer, the noted alphabetologist, for having brought together within one compact and eminently readable volume all of the latest and most authoritative available information.
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