I was startled to find an unexpected Amazon.com package in my mailbox today—it turns out a LH fan made use of the wish list linked in the right sidebar to send me a copy of Andrew Robinson’s Lost Languages: The Enigma of the World’s Undeciphered Scripts! I’ve lusted after this beautifully produced book, with its gorgeous illustrations of eleven ancient scripts (three deciphered, the rest still awaiting their Champollion or Ventris) ever since I saw it in St. Mark’s Bookshop several years ago, and I’ve already plunged in. You can read a detailed description at ill-advised; I’ll just offer my heartfelt thanks to whatever kind soul did this generous deed.
Actually, though, I will quote ill-advised’s mention of an odd aspect of the book that struck me as well:
This particular copy that I bought has another curious aspect: it isn’t the McGraw-Hill edition; it’s “A Peter N. Nevraumont Book” published by “BCA” (whatever that means) “by arrangement with McGraw-Hill [. . .] Created and produced by Nevraumont Publishing Company” and it doesn’t even have an ISBN, only a “CN” (I guess that would be some sort of catalog number internal to the publisher) of 106839. However, it is listed on amazon as having the ISBN 064169959X.
I thought all books had ISBNs these days!