A loving record -- going back to prehistoric man and the picture story record of the cave dwellers- of the age-long story of the alphabet. From pictures to symbols, to the hieroglyphics of the Egyptians, then the Phoenicians' development of an alphabet to simplify their business records; down through the contributions of the Greeks, the Romans, with changing patterns due to changing tools and materials on which to inscribe- to the development of small letters as the demand for availability of manuscripts grew greater. The monks kept alive the art of writing through the Dark Ages, and made possible the new page of history which came with the invention of movable type and the launching of the first 500 years of printing. Too brief space is allotted to the successive contributions of Caxton, Caslon, Jenson, Bodoni and Baskerville, but after all, they worked with the 26 letters whose history parallels the history of mankind. Specialized market. A beautiful book.