Pantographia by Edmund Fry

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Edmund Fry — Pantographia

Pantographia by Edmund Fry, London 1799, contains more than two hundred alphabets. 

This book is full of curiosities, like Chaldean 1. Fry traces this to the French scholar and astrologer Jacques Gaffarel (1601 - 1681). There is a woodcut depicting the hemispheres and their constellations, from which Fry drew his Cælestial alphabet. Gaffarel in turn borrowed the alphabet from Guillaume Postel (1510 - 1581), the polyglot French linguist, astronomer, Christian Cabalist, and di­plo­mat. However, Postel was not its creator; it first appeared in the third book of Agrippa’s De Occulta Philosophia. 


Many of the characters were expressly cut by Fry for his book. Pantographia has been considered by academicians and scholars of great significance and value to literature.


Foreword by Jan Düsterhöft.

  • Details

    Hardcover bound in Italian Fedrigoni Imitlin
    Measures 140x215 mm
    120 gram black Endpapers
    Printed on 115 g wood-free, age resistant Cream paper
    Sewn Book Block
    Hotfoil printing on the front and spine,
    Blind debossing on the back


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