The Bible in Short-Hand

[The Bible in shorthand.] 

London : printed for the author, and Peter Story, and sold by Thomas Fabian, Dorman Newman, Samuel Crouch, William Marshall, Thomas Cockerill, I. Lawrence, 1687. In-16

Wing (2nd ed., 1994) / B2802 .
STROZIER, Special Collections Vault (small) -- BS185 1687.L6.

Pages displayed: portrait of William Addy (1618-1695) and title-page, etched by John Strut (1658-1730)


William Addy, a writing-master, was the author of a short-hand method exposed in his Stenographia, or the Art of Short Writing (1684). These methods flourished in seventeenth century England, both for practical reasons - to improve the speed and security of communications -, and for ideological reasons – as part of the effort to find a universal language corresponding to that of Adam and Eve in Paradise, that would be understandable in the whole world for missionary purposes.