- Paperback: 205 pages
- Publisher: Amer Oriental Society (December 1, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0940490188
- ISBN-13: 978-0940490185
- Package Dimensions: 9.9 x 7 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Origin and Early Development of the Chinese Writing System Paperback – December 1, 1993
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