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This informative and engaging illustrated reference provides the stories behind 1,001 signs and symbols, from ancient hieroglyphs to modern-day political and subculture symbols.
What in the world does Ω mean? And what about its meaning might have led my coffee date to tattoo it on his entire forearm? Where did the symbol ∞ originate, and what was its first meaning? How did the ampersand symbol & come about and how was it applied daily in book publishing? And what is the full story behind that staring eye on top of the pyramid on our American dollar bill? This comprehensive guide to signs and symbols explains.
- More than 1,000 illustrations
- An extensive collection of written and cultural symbols, including animals, instruments, stones, shapes, numbers, colors, plants, food, parts of the body, religious and astrological symbols, emojis, and gestures
- Historical facts culled from a wide variety of sources
Learn all about the signs and symbols that surround us and their part in our rich world history.
Elegantly designed and beautifully illustrated, the Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia series
offers comprehensive, display-worthy references on a range of intriguing topics, including birthday astrology, dream interpretation, techniques for harnessing the power of dreams, and flower meanings.
Also available in the series: Complete Book of Birthdays, Complete Language of Flowers
, Complete Book of Dreams,
and Complete Guide to Astrological Self-Care
About the Author
D.R. McElroy has a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture and a Master of Science in Environmental Resources, and has been a professional editor and writer for ten years. She is the author of Signs & Symbols of the World and co-author of Celestial Watercolor. She lives in Michigan.