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    An Early American Bible for the Blind Printed Using the New York Point Alphabet

    [Bible in English]. [Holy Bible Containing the Old and New Testaments, translated out of Original Tongues and with the Former Translations Diligently Compared and Revised. Volume I. New York: American Bible Society... Stereotyped and Printed at the American Printing House for the Blind, Louisville, KY, 1895]. First edition of this bible, volume I only. Folio. Approximately 13.5 x 11.5 inches. [164] leaves embossed in the New York Point alphabet for the blind. Contemporary half brown calf over brown cloth boards, spine ruled in gilt, spine label perished. Binding worn and soiled, some toning, minor soiling to text, though embossing seems to be in good condition. Still, a good copy.
    New York Point for the blind was invented by educator for the blind, William Bell Wait (1839-1916) as an alternative to the previous system of printing for the blind, which consisted of raised text of the standard alphabet. He felt that a system of raised points would be easier to be perceived by a blind person (New York Point is similar to Braille in that respect). He also invented the Keidograph which was used in embossing New York Point letters onto paper and the Stereograph, which made metal plates for printing books for the blind. New York Point was one of the most popular alphabets for the blind, until the advent of Braille. From the collection of Zita Books.



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