First Edition reprint . . .

Hey, all.
I just acquired a very interesting little reprint of the 1888 edition of Gregg’s booklet–the original publication from Liverpool.  Apparently McGraw-Hill reprinted these in 1971 and distributed them to shorthand teachers–I also got a copy of the letter that accompanied the reprint from George S. Deeg, III, “Shorthand Project Manager” at McGraw-Hill.  It’s a rather knowledgeable letter, and states that only 500 copies of this booklet were printed, and at the time only 9 copies were known to be in existence. 
I wonder how many were reprinted in 1971 and how many are still around?  (I bought this one on e-bay, and interestingly enough no one else bid for it.  So I got it and 3 other books for under $10).
The title is “Light-Line Phonography:  The Phonetic Handwriting”. 
It’s a very crudely designed and printed booklet, and the most striking thing to me is the lack of clarity of the outlines.  Also, ch and j are shown slanted, much more like modern t and d.
With this humble beginning, it’s amazing that the system “took off” the way it did. 
I’ll try to scan and post some of it when I have a chance.
Alex

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  1. Page vii of Anniversary manual states: "Gregg Shorthand was first published in 1888, in two little paper-covered pamphlets, under the title, "Light-Line Phonography."   It doesn't say how many pages are in the books. It would be interesting to see at least some of that book.   P

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