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Velka abeceda pro male ditky (The big alphabet for little children)
Jindrichuv Hradec: A. Landfrasa a Syna, 1864. 16mo. 16, (32)pp. Orignal brown lithographed wrappers, illustrated on front and back covers, with folded gatherings loosely inserted, still uncut and unopened. With thirty color lithograph plates. The initial printed section provides sample syllables, words, and longer sentences for practice. After this portion each letter of the Czech alphabet appears, accompanied by an illustration and captions in Czech and German. The Czech alphabet uses forty-two distinct letters, but is based on the twenty-six-letter Latin alphabet. It relies on diacritical marks to distinguish nearly half of its letters. Among the color lithographs, this volume only includes five letters with diacritics (C, D, R, S, and Z are presented with and without carons) and omits W. The entire alphabet is, however, available throughout the initial printed section and in the final alphabetical and multiplication tables at the end of the volume. This is one of the earliest Czech alphabet books, published in the South Bohemian province by Alois Landfras. Landfras is responsible for expanding the scope of Czech printing beyond folk literature and religious texts, introducing vernacular educational volumes and magazines to the region. Indeed, this volume appeared during a period of nationalist revival among Czech citizens living in Bohemia. Though the Habsburg Empire maintained firm control of Bohemia and dissolved the old Bohemian Diet, one of the last remnants of Bohemian independence, the Czech language experienced a rebirth throughout the mid nineteenth century as the Czech people clung to romantic nationalism. The maintenance of the Czech language became paramount to the Czech identity after the 1861 establishment of a new Bohemian Diet which officially proclaimed a "state rights program" for those residing in Bohemia. The present volume serves as an example of the necessity of linguisitic identity for the cultural survival of a small population with in a larger empire. Slight tears to edges of wrapper and pages, light foxing, else fine.
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