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L'Exposition de 1900. Description des Monuments, Palais, Pavillons et des principales Merveilles exposées. Accompagnée de Plans détaillés…
Numerous text illus. 128 pp., xxxii. 8vo, original publisher's decorative red cloth (corners rubbed), gilt. Paris: L'Institut Sténographique de France, 1900. First edition of this strange guide - bizarrely printed largely in a shorthand developed by the author - to the Exposition Universelle 1900 hosted in Paris. Navarre (b. 1874), not only founded the Institut Sténographique de France, he was also an important figure in the development of the typewriter at the turn of the 20th century (he belatedly devised a typewriter optimized for the French market but his audience had already adapted to the universal format). Additionally, Navarre authored a comprehensive history of shorthand, having traveled across the world to collect information about other stenographic practices. The present guide contains a number of photos and diagrams of Parisian landmarks where exhibitions were held. The final 32 pages comprise a survey of stenography in France, a history of the typewriter, and an illustrated catalogue of typewriters from the United States, England, Germany and France. The final item is a typewriter for the blind employing the "Hall System" which was much more efficient than that of Braille. Very good copy. WorldCat only locates one copy in the United States. Slight dampstaining on the outer edge of the upper cover and bottom of lower cover. Tiny hole on the upper joint.
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