Gulliver’s Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World (Irlanda, 1726)

Lagado

“It was twenty feet square, placed in the middle of the room.  The superficies was composed of several bits of wood, about the bigness of a die, but some larger than others.  They were all linked together by slender wires.  These bits of wood were covered, on every square, with paper pasted on them; and on these papers were written all the words of their language, in their several moods, tenses, and declensions; but without any order.  The professor then desired me ‘to observe; for he was going to set his engine at work’.”

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