E-catalogue 42: Alphabets

E-catalogue 42: Alphabets

From a purely linguistic perspective, the alphabet offers its user as much or as little as expression warrants. In this e-catalogue, we are hoping to show the rich diversity that can be teased out of this basic building block of language. We are offering everything from an elaborately carved teacher's pointer from the early 19th century, to a stunning illuminated manuscript alphabet by Jean Midolle, the Swiss master of chromolithography. The catalogue runs the gamut from folios to miniatures, along with works on paper. Nor are we limiting this exploration to the Roman alphabet: exemplars of Hebrew and Arabic may be found here as well.