Thomas More's Utopia - the Utopian alphabet


More invented a series of symbols to replace (or encrypt) the letters of the Roman alphabet.

Although he did not create a unique language for the Utopians, he imagined that they would write in an exclusive, coded script. Like the island setting, this measure would provide the Utopians with greater self-containment and set them apart from the outside world.

Taken from: Utopia
Author / Creator: Thomas More
Publisher: Arte Theodorici Martini
Date: 1516
Copyright: By permission of the British Library Board
Shelfmark: C.27.b.30