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Visible Speech: The Science of Universal Alphabetics; Self-Interpreting Physiological Letters, for the writing of all languages in one alphabet. Illustrated by tables, diagrams, and examples. Inaugural Edition.
Simpkin, Marshall, & Co [et al.], London 1867 - First edition. With sixteen lithographic plates of the "Visible Speech" alphabet, plus numerous figures in text. Small chips on extremities of spine, but a remarkably fine, tight copy. Housed later quarter brown morocco slipcase and chemise. Original brown textured cloth. Covers ruled in blind, front cover and spine stamped in gilt. Large octavo. 126, [4, ads] pp. Alexander Melville Bell (1819-1905) was the father of Alexander Graham Bell. This book is dedicated to another son, Edward Charles Bell (1848-1867), "one of the first proficients in ‘visible speech.’" Alexander Melville’s alphabet was designed to mimic the physiological shapes and positions of the mouth and tongue in forming sounds. In actual use, it proved hopelessly complicated and was abandoned, but not before Alexander Graham Bell used it to teach deaf mutes to speak. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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