Last Friday morning we were stocktaking the internet books and I came across this one. My interactions with old handwriting have been mostly that of the 19th century while researching my family history and trying to decipher the family bible, census returns certificates, wills and the early 20th century letters of my great great uncles who fought in the First World War. In Orkney earlier this summer, I was deciphering 19th century graffiti in Unstan’s Tomb.
This book takes us from Mesopotamia and pictographs, the cuneiform writing of Nineveh and Egyptian hieroglyphics to more recent times. There are chapters on abbreviations and numbers, hardware, languages and help on reading and transliteration. I will find it useful as I delve further back in time as not all resources have been transcribed.