Writing Systems of the World (英語) ペーパーバック – 1989/12/15
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An examination of twenty-nine different scripts--plus examples of a hundred more--acts as a reference for travelers, stamp collectors, and calligraphers
"A joy to read. Easy to navigate, easy to compare systems. Clear, lucid prose. Excellent examples." —Goodreads商品の説明をすべて表示する
On the inside cover of the hard cover edition, there is a color map showing which scripts are predominantly used in different places around the Earth. The same map is in black and white in the back pages of the paperback edition.
If you are looking for a book that shows you how characters look in many different languages, then this is the book for you. For just linguistic curiosity, it's a fascinating book, and extraordinarily helpful as a language/print reference source.
1. It's kind of out of date - the information is all from the eighties. There's been some redrawing of the borders and changes in fonts and conventions since then.
2. The quality of the reproductions is poor. Many of the beautiful scripts in here are not shown in their best light. The plain fonts and photocopy-quality examples just don't do the scripts justice.
Still, it does contain reproductions of a lot of alphabets. It would be really handy in identifying an unkown sample of writing, for example.