A Historical Sketch of the Origin and Progress of Literature for the Blind


Accession Number: 2013.16

Subtitle: And Practical Hints and Recommendations As to Their Education. With an appendix, containing directions for teaching reading and writing to the blind, with and without a regular teacher

Summary/Description: On spine: Gall's Literature for the Blind. Includes a tipped-in frontispiece that is an embossed specimen showing the Roman alphabet, Isaiah 45:22, and the Lord's Prayer in Gall Type, a system of raised type devised for blind readers by the author. Appendix includes engraved illustrations of a pin-type writing device. Brown clothbound boards; pages sewn in; title label on spine in black lettering. On front pastedown endpaper is a Library of the Meadville Theological School book label. An unused due date slip and a card pocket are glued to the back endpapers. Top of title page has been punched with the name of the library.

Author: Gall, James

History/Provenance: The library label in this book indicates that the book was donated to the Library of the Meadville Theological School by Joshua Brookes of New York. The APH Museum purchased the book from an antiquarian bookseller. James Gall, a printer in Edinburgh, Scotland, developed his raised type system, Gall Type, for tactile reading circa 1827. In that year, a "First Book," was printed and introduced for experimental reading at the Blind Asylum of Edinburgh.

Credit Line: Museum Purchase, 2013.16

Publisher: James Gall; [etc., etc.]

Publisher Place: Edinburgh

Publish Date: 1834

Subjects: Blind Books and reading Education Printing and writing systems

Physical Description: 388 p. : ill. ; 9 x 6 in.