Opening of St. Luke's Gospel
Henry Noel Humphreys, 1810-79
26 x 17.7 cm.
Source: The Origin and Progress of the Art of Writing
Beckwith, Victorian Bibliomania catalogue no. 17
A written language was the mark of civilization, according to nineteenth-century scholars. Therefore, the study of ancient writing revealed the history and progress of a culture and was used as a reference point in establishing the appearance of the first cultures. Writing was further ennobled by Henry Noel Humphreys as the enemy of ignorance, prejudice, and superstition. [Continued below]
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