Apr 07, 2022 - Sale 2600

Sale 2600 - Lot 34

Price Realized: $ 1,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,500 - $ 2,500
(BIBLE--BLIND.) A Selection of Psalms from Doctor Watts and other Authors. 97, [3] leaves, printed in raised Boston Line Type. Large 4to, contemporary 1/2 calf, quite worn with boards detached; moderate wear and foxing to first 3 leaves, otherwise minor wear to contents, leaf 32 bound upside down and cropped; 1912 library gift bookplate and deaccession stamp on front pastedown. Boston: New England Institution for the Education of the Blind, 1835

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One of the first books printed in Boston Line Type, created in 1834 as an alternative to Braille, using embossed representations of stylized letters rather than raised dots. This volume was prepared under the direction of the inventor of Boston Line Type, Samuel Gridley Howe of the Institution for the Education of the Blind. He is better known as the husband of composer and activist Julia Ward Howe. 5 examples in OCLC, and none traced at auction.

WITH--"A Catechism; That is to Say, An Instruction to be Learned by Every Person before he be Brought to be Confirmed by the Bishop." [1], 9 pages, also in Boston Line Type. Oblong 4to, 1/4 sheep, moderate wear; disbound, moderate dampstaining; early owner's signature on front pastedown. "Printed in the Improved, Combined Letter; for the Use of the Blind." One example in OCLC, at the Library of Congress. Philadelphia: Napoleon Kneass, 1866.