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Translated from the Swedish version, explains the functions, meanings, history, and systems of about graphic symbols known in western culture. In this unique dictionary, Carl G. Liungman puts approximately 2, Western graphic symbols at your fingertips. Each entry includes the sign’s history. Trove: Find and get Australian resources. Books, images, historic newspapers, maps, archives and more.

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Liungman, Carl G. 1938-

Please try again later. Symbols range from the typographical to the abstract, from the iconographic to the metaphorical, from the simple to the complicated. For example, the symbol has at least four English equivalents, and choosing which is appropriate depends on the author and the audience: The first is a word index, which unfortunately g.liungmna quite lacking in vernacular. Kathleen rated it it was ok G.liungmna 11, Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

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The text is detailed and covers the subject in depth. This book has it all: The author includes both word gg.liungman symbol indices to help the reader locate particular symbols of interest.


Project Page Feedback Known Problems. Symbols vary from modern to ancient, and from informative symbols to symbols used to reveal hidden information.

Dictionary of Symbols

Account Options Sign in. Review of Liungman’s Dictionary of Symbols. The Word Index specifies signs with a given name or meaning, along with subject headings. Books by Carl G.

Jul 27, JoanLRoss rated it it was amazing Shelves: Anyone who decides to read the Dictionary of Symbols should be about as dubious when reading it as when one reads wikipedia. Juliana rated it it was amazing Jul 11, The third index, the Graphic Search Index, begins with a one-page glossary of the descriptive terms, with examples. There are comments on how the complexity of a sign influences its breadth of meaning, the basic components of ideographs, and development of sign structures throughout the ages, including use of similar symbols in different times and This compendium of symbols is an excellent resource for artists and designers who use symbols in their work.

A must for anyone interested in symbols. Jenny Finley rated it it was amazing Oct 23, I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle?

Two indexes aid the reader. It’s been mentioned that this book isn’t up to date, but I’m okay with that.

Liungman, Carl G. [WorldCat Identities]

James Sass rated it really liked it Oct 20, The book would be greatly improved in usefulness by a few tables in the back that would list symbols by topic area, rather than by shape. This is a listing of all symbols in group order-and thus page order-but without the text. Had I learned to apply the four descriptive categories quickly, however, this index would have served little purpose, since it was simply a shorter, page-order re-listing of dictionary items.


Myten om mentalsjukdomarna; om mentalsjukdomar och psykiatriska metoder by Carl G Liungman Book 4 editions published in in Swedish and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide.

View all 5 comments. Having already used dozens of books carp visual symbols, symbolism, and related subjects for my research, I didn’t find very much in the way of ancient history of symbols in this book.

These include a discussion of signs and meanings, an overview of the historical development of signs, as well as sections on ancient American ideograms, the astrological system of symbols, the mystical pentagram, and the signs of the alchemists. The book’s key failure, IMHO, is that the author uses an indexing system that is hard to follow.