The Easter Island Script: History, Traditions, Text
By (author) Steven Roger Fischer
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Rongorongo by Steven Roger Fischer
Book DescriptionRongorongo, Easter Island's enigmatic script and Oceania's only known pre-twentieth-century writing system, is here comprehensively documented for the first time. The author tells the full history of rongorongo's exciting discovery and the many attempts at a decipherment. Pre-missionary traditions surrounding rongorongo are described from previously unpublished material. Full transcriptions of all the 25 surviving rongorongo inscriptions are provided, along with detailed photographs of nearly every incised artefact. In over six years of full-time research that took the author from St Petersburg to Easter Island, a wholly new picture of the rongorongo phenomenon has emerged. This book is the definitive study of one of the world's most fascinating and eloquent graphic achievements.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198237105
(243mm x 167mm x 43mm)
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 11-Dec-1997
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Steven Roger Fischer
History of the Pacific Islands, Hardback (March 2013)
Steven Fischer traces the human history of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia from prehistoric culture to the present day. The second edition has been revised throughout in the light of recent scholarship and brings the story right up-to-date in terms of events and developments. Additional maps also enhance this established text.
Islands, Hardback (August 2012)
Our planet hosts over a million islands. From Britain to Japan, Mauritius to Manhattan, they are small living geological, biological and cultural laboratories. This title reveals how since time began islands have been one of the primary birthplaces for plants, animals and proto-humans.
Island at the End of the World, Paperback (March 2006)
Famed for its breathtaking isolation, Easter Island was a verdant South-Sea idyll when a small canoeful of Polynesians arrived in c AD 700. Centuries later the island's statues were famous throughout the world. This book presents a comprehensive history of Easter Island, its people and their extraordinary story.
History of Reading, Paperback (August 2004)» View all books by Steven Roger Fischer
Describing ancient forms of reading and the various modes that were necessary to read different writing systems and scripts, the author turns to Asia and the Americas and discusses the forms and developments of completely divergent dimensions of reading.
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