Chinese Calligraphy: From Pictograph to Ideogram : the History of 214 Essential Chinese/Japanese Characters

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Abbeville Press, 1987 - Art - 251 pages
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This book, which introduces the Westerner to a rich and mysterious world, is based on a classic compilation of the Chinese language done in the 18th century, which determined that the characters then in use were devised from 214 root pictographs or symbols. These key characters, called radicals, are all delightfully presented in this volume, with their graphic development traced through stages to the present representation, where even now (in many of them) one can easily make out what was originaly pictured - with the author's guidance. Centuries ago, when the Japaense took up writing, they also adopted these symbols, though giving them different names in their own spoken language.

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User Review  - Carol - Goodreads

Great beginning Chinese calligraphy, this book also gives the order of the strokes and the background behind 214 characters. It is a great introduction. Read full review

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User Review  - Gabrielle - Goodreads

Hanzi - or Chinese characters take their meanings from shapes in the world, like shen [body:] that looks like a pregnant woman, or signify sounds or states of being. A character can have more than one ... Read full review

Contents

A LIVING LANGUAGE
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BODY
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TOJOURNEY
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Copyright

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