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Wordplay: Ambigrams and Reflections on the Art of Ambigrams

Langdon, John

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ISBN 10: 0151984549 / ISBN 13: 9780151984541
Published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, New York, 1992
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Hardcover with dustjacket. Oblong 8vo. First edition. Book and jacket are in fine condition. Not price-clipped. A beautiful, crisp, bright copy. 173 pp. including bibliography. Bookseller Inventory # 11811

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Title: Wordplay: Ambigrams and Reflections on the ...

Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, New York

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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An insightful look at ambigrams--words that are unchanged when inverted or reflected--shows how the shape of the letters can lend meaning to the word

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"It would be interesting to know," Martin Gardner writes in his foreword, "when it was discovered that certain words are unchanged when inverted or reflected... It is easy to see that WOW is MOM upside down, but who would have guessed that an enormous variety of words and phrases with no symmetry when printed could be shaped so that they were the same when inverted or reflected?"

In this book John Langdon shows us how we can expand our understanding of terms and concepts by looking at ambigrams words that were designed to read upside down, back to front, or in the mirror as well as left to right. (Turn the title upside down.) He not only presents the reader with a number of strikingly beautiful and arresting ambigrams but also shows how the very shape of the letters can change our idea of the word itself and its meaning. He even disarmingly demonstrates how one goes about making an ambigram. The reader should be warned, however, that it is not quite as easy as it looks.

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