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Daily Dose Pick: Alphabets: A Miscellany of Letters

The new book from preeminent alphabet historian David Sacks combines eye candy, font fetishism, and sociological etymology in a lavishly illustrated love letter to the modern A-to-Z.

Sacks examines the development of written language from the ancient to the digital world, from Medieval illuminations to advertisements, and from fine art to boxcar tagging. The result is an engaging, encyclopedic romp through our collective visual history that celebrates human creativity and cultural expression not only in the use of the written word, but in its very invention.

Preview pages from Alphabets on the publisher’s website, check out the Guardian’s selection of a complete A-Z, and buy a copy of the book.

Click through below to view a gallery of images from the book.

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