(Chapbook)

Manual Alphabet, Used by the Deaf and Dumb; with Notices of Laura Bridgman and Julia Brace, Who Are Deaf, Dumb, and Blind.

NY: J. S. Redfield, (1835). 48mo. 16pp. An instructional chapbook on the alphabet in sign language. Running underneath the illustrations of signed letters is a short treatise which exemplifies Laura Bridgman and Julia Brace to teach children about the adversities of those unable to use one or more of their senses. Bridgman is known as the first deaf-blind American child to receive a linguistic education, some fifty years before Helen Keller. Brace, though older, learned the language alongside Bridgman, under the instruction of Samuel Gridley Howe, an advocate for education for the blind and the first director of what is now the Perkins School for the Blind. Structurally inconsequential split along spine, faded stain to upper cover, and faint foxing to pages, else near fine. Handwriting from former owner on upper cover recto and verso. Item #30251

Price: $425.00

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