The Phonarthron. Or, Natural System of the Sounds of Speech; a test of pronunciation for all languages: also, the Phonarithmon, and the Phonodion.

  • Henslowe, Rev. William-Henry
  • London: Published by J. G. F. & J. Rivington 1840


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FIRST EDITION, 8vo, pp. ix, [iii], 124. Pages 49-56 are lithographed sheets, folded with the blank side in and left unopened, plus two other leaves are also lithographed, errata slip tipped in at table of contents, numerous tables and diagrams within the text. Original green cloth, spine lettered in gilt. A little faint spotting and dustsoiling. Extremities bumped, some light marks, cloth defective at head of spine.


The scaarce first edition of this eccentric attempt at a universal system for describing and and analysing the pronunciation of language by the Reverend William-Henry Henslowe (1802-1890), the eccentric perpetual curate of Wormegay in Norfolk. Not content with speech, he also proposes a new method of musical notation called the Phonodion, supplying an updated version of 'God Save the King' - with notation in the old and new systems - and goes into detail on how the Phonarthron would apply to English, French, and Hebrew.

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