First embossed book for the blind

Title page with dedication to the king of France.

Title page with dedication to the king of France. A small portion of the marbled paper lining the front cover is exposed.

August 7, 2013

Printed in 1786, Essai Sur L'Education des Aveugles, by Valentin Haüy is the first embossed book printed for use by the blind. Perkins has two copies of the book in the archives.

Two side by side copies of the book with different boards.

Two side by side copies of the book with different boards. The spines are both reinforced with library tape.


Title Page Translation

Courtesy of the American Printing House for the Blind

AN ESSAY on the EDUCATION OF THE BLIND;

or

An Explication of the different Means, confirmed by successful Experiments, to render them capable of Reading by the Assistance of Touch, and of printing Books, in which they may obtain the Knowledge of Languages, of History, of Geography, of Music, &c. of performing the different Offices necessary in mechanical Employments,

DEDICATED TO THE KING,
By M. HAUY,

Interpreter to his Majesty, the Admiralty of France, and the Hotel de Ville, of the City of Paris; Member and Professor of the Academical Office for Writing, in which Ancient and Foreign Characters are taught to be read and ascertained.

PARIS:

Printed in the Original by BLIND CHILDREN, under the Superintendance of M. Clousier, Printer to the King, and sold for their Benefit at the House where they are educated, in the Street called Rue Notre Dame des Victoires.

MDCCLXXXVI.

Under the Patronage of the Academy of Sciences.

Sample page from the interior of the book.

Sample page from the interior of the book. The type face is sans-serif with curvy ascenders and descenders.