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The Gospel According to St. Mark, printed in embossed lettering for the blind]
National Institute for the Blind (Moon Society Branch), London 1915 - (11 x 13 1/4 inches). Printed and "Moon type" title ("A Simplified System of Embossed Reading for the Use of the Blind") followed by 91 embossed, raised letter "Moon type" text leaves, printing the Gospel According to St. Mark. Publisher's half cloth and paper covered boards, cloth rubbed. The Gospel of Mark printed in embossed Moon type for the blind. William Moon, born in 1818, contracted smallpox as a young child and by age 22 had lost his sight completely. Frustrated by the quality of the embossed reading systems he tried, he developed his own system based on roman lettering, with portions of the letters omitted in order to make the characters more discernible to the touch. Moon's system was easy to master, particularly for those who had learned to read before losing their sight, and it became very successful. The present printing of the Gospel of St. Mark, which is entirely in Moon type, is here preceded by a leaf headed "A Simplified System of Embossed Reading for the Use of the Blind", which is printed only partly in Moon type and in which the alphabet is explained. Various editions of books of the bible were published in Moon type, in both England and America, as early as the mid-19th century. The present edition of the Gospel according to St. Mark was published circa 1915 by the National Institute for the Blind (whose name changed in 1914 from The British and Foreign Blind Association for Improving the Embossed Literature of the Blind and Promoting their Employment), perhaps in part to fulfill the needs of the high number of blind veterans returning from World War I. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Donald A. Heald Rare Books (ABAA)]
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