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

Front Cover
Abbeville Press, 1987 - Art - 251 pages
3 Reviews
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.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - pamar - LibraryThing

even for people studying Chinese as a language, or calligraphy. Personally I liked it, it devotes one page to each of 200 ideograms, explaining the (supposed) origin, and how they are used. For the ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - kmulvihill - LibraryThing

This was a lovely gift from an old friend many years ago, and I used it as I learned Chinese and again as I taught Chinese at the University of Oregon. The book profiles the major Chinese characters ... Read full review

Contents

A LIVING LANGUAGE
9
BODY
27
TOJOURNEY
51
Copyright

6 other sections not shown

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Bibliographic information