6007. Pantographia, copies of all the known alphabets

Object description
ALPHABETS. FRY, EDMUND. Panthographia; containing accurate copies of all the known alphabets in the world; together with an English explanation of the peculiar force or power of each letter: to which are added, specimens of all well-authenticated oral languages; forming a comprehensive digest of phonology. London (printed by Cooper and Wilson, for John and Arthur Arch) 1799.

4:o (about 270x170 mm.). (4), (i)-xxxvi, (1)-320 pp. Specimens of alphabets and wood-engraved vignettes.
Entirely uncut copy, bound in later brown leather, somewhat worn, slightly faded spine, small damage at head. Some minor foxing. In a new linen case.

Löwendahl: China illustrata nova. Supplement, 1691; Bigmore & Wyman, I, p. 243.
With a printed dedication to Joseph Banks. The more than 200 alphabets are arranged in alphabetical order on the left-hand pages of the book, and their rendering are given opposite.
Chinese is described on pp. 42-45.

From the library of Swedish antiquarian bookdealer Björn Löwendahl (1941-2013).