Lettre sur les avuegles, a l’usage de ceux qui voyent


Accession Number: 2016.32

Summary/Description: Translated title: "Letter on the blind, for the use of those who see." Diderot writes about the use of the senses of touch and sound by people who are blind and their perceptions. Includes six illustrations: one captioned "Figure tiree del la Dioptrique de Descartes," showing a blind man holding two long sticks to perceive what is in front of him; and five depicting the tactile math and geometry board devised and used by mathematician Nicholas Saunderson, who was blind. Includes index: pages 211-220. On spine: "Lettre sur les avuegles" and "1749." Hardcover of brown leather-bound boards; thread-stitched text block; gilt-stamped lettering, flower/leaf design and lines on spine; marbled endpapers with gilt-stamped leather binding overlapping the edges; tri-colored (yellow/red/green) cloth bookmark; pages have burgundy edges.

Author: [Diderot, Denis]

History/Provenance: Book was purchased by the APH Museum from an antique bookseller.

Credit Line: Museum Purchase, 2016.32

Publisher Place: Londres

Publish Date: 1749

Subjects: Blind Blindness Philosophy

Physical Description: 220, [1] p. : ill. (6 plates) ; 6.75 x 4 in.