Walking through the city, you see a plethora of texts go by. Old, new, well kept, eroded, permanent, temporary, legal and illegal. It's all there. This book takes you on a journey through Leyden, a small provincial town in the Netherlands with a long history, showing you the diversity of texts and their forms as used through time. They contribute to the cityscape and connect different ages and ways of addressing the public on a variety of causes. Be they poetic, advertising or commemorating, they are always engaging. Question is: can you read the writing on the wall?