RARE FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST BOOK ON THE TEACHING OF LANGUAGE AND LITERACY TO DEAF-MUTES

RARE FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST BOOK ON THE TEACHING OF LANGUAGE AND LITERACY TO DEAF-MUTES

Reduction de las letras y arte para enseñar a ablar los mudos / por Iuan Pablo Bonet ... En Madrid: por Francisco Abarca de Angulo. 1620. 4to, vellum [26], 308, [6] p., [8] engravings, [1] leave engraving folding. Detail the defects of the copy: Engravings of the copy has been washed and remargined lower margin, engraving folding remargined minimum paper with text loss, vellum whit title in spine modern, cover with soft and profesional restauration no text loss. Copy nice, with text very clean and absolutely complete. Bonet advocated the necessity of reducing language to its phonetic units in order to teach the deaf to speak, and he developed his own system of finger-spelling, illustrated in the engraved plates. His ideas probably derived from the teachings of the Benedictine monk Pedro Ponce de Leon (1510-1584), a famous teacher of the deaf of whom no written works survive.

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