The Universal School of Music; A Manual for Teachers and Students in Every Branch of Musical Art . . . [Line letter]


Accession Number: 2012.39

Subtitle: Translated from the German by A.H. Wehran. Compiled by D.D. Wood, Musical Director of St. Stephen's Church, Phil'a

Summary/Description: Museum holds volume 1 only. Single-sided embossing in raised line letter. Includes tactile illustrations of music notation, a memoir of Marx (1799-1866), who was a professor of music at the University of Berlin, and an index. Embossed label on spine reads "Marx's School of Music, vol. I." Marbled clothbound boards with leather spine and corners and gilt-stamped lines across the spine. "Edwin A. Pettis, St. Charles, Mich." is handwritten in pencil on the front endpaper (In the 1873/1874 biennial report of the Michigan Institution for the Education of the Deaf and Dumb, and the Blind, Edwin A. Pettis is listed as a blind student in his third year in 1874). Beneath this is a white label with "Roseacre, 620 West Harris" printed on it and, handwritten in ink, "Mrs. R.A. Wietze." The book was produced from printing plates stereotyped in Philadelphia by printer Napoleon B. Kneass, in his combined line letter type. Kneass was the printer for the National Association for Publishing Musical and Literary Works for the Blind, an organization that "coalesced" with APH in 1872 and which had, at that time, $2,000 intended for the stereotyping and embossing of the music book. Kneass produced 100 copies of the title in fiscal year 1876, which were sent unbound to APH. Additional copies were subsequently produced by APH, as a second edition, using Kneass' original plates. The edition statement and printing company information on the title page of the new edition appear to have been added by APH using a separate printing plate, as evidenced by the style of line letter in this section and by embossed lines made from the plate.

Author: Marx, Adolph Bernhard

History/Provenance: Purchased from a rare book dealer. Title was listed in the dealer's catalog. Marx' book was first published in standard print in 1839; A.H. Wehran translated the 5th edition of the book into English from the original German. The English translation was first published in standard print in 1853.

Credit Line: Museum Purchase, 2012.39

Publisher: National Association for Publishing Musical and Literary Works for the Blind

Publisher Place: [Philadelphia]

Publish Date: 1877

Subjects: Music for the blind and visually impaired Musical notation

Physical Description: 2 v. of raised type : tactile graphics ; 14 x 13 x 3.25 in. (v. 1)