Ueber die Buchstabenschrift und ihren Zusammenhang mit dem Sprachbau. WILHELM VON HUMBOLDT.
Ueber die Buchstabenschrift und ihren Zusammenhang mit dem Sprachbau.

Ueber die Buchstabenschrift und ihren Zusammenhang mit dem Sprachbau.

Berlin: Konigl. Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1826. First separate edition, 4to, pp. [2], 28; original glazed green paper wrappers, removed, rubbed and worn, library withdrawn stamp on title-page, library book plate, also stamped withdrawn. Presentation copy from Humboldt, inscribed on the title-page. Early in his career, Humboldt was interested in the nature of writing and its relation to language in general. "This subject suggested itself naturally to him from Champollion's new discoveries respecting the hieroglyphics, to the study of which he applied himself with great assiduity, and, in connection with it, also to the Coptic. That his researches in this direction, too, were as successful as they were earnest and profound, is manifest from [four] important dissertations which he read before the Academy" (Adler, Humboldt's Linguistical Studies, 1866, p.10), of which this, on the relationship between writing and speech, is the most general and forward reaching. Item #16650

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