Beginnings of Writing in Central and Eastern Asia, or, Notes on 450 Embryo-Writings and Scripts
London: Nutt, 1894. 8vo, (4), 208pp. With 3 double-page plates. Original brown cloth, backstrip lettered in gilt, very good. First edition of a scarce book -- the only copies listed online are modern reprints. Albert Étienne Jean-Baptiste Terrien de Lacouperie (23 November 1844 11 October 1894) was a French orientalist, specialising in comparative philology. He published a number of books on early Asian and Middle-Eastern languages, initially in French and then in English. Lacouperie is best known for his studies of the Yi Ching and his argument, known as Sino-Babylonianism, that the important elements of ancient civilization in ancient China came from Mesopotamia and that there were resemblances between Chinese characters and Akkadian hieroglyphics. (Wikipedia).
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