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Optimism: An Essay [Moon's Type Edition] by  Helen Keller - First Edition - 1906 - from The Book House in Dinkytown (SKU: 258265)

Optimism: An Essay [Moon's Type Edition]

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Optimism: An Essay [Moon's Type Edition]

by Keller, Helen

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Brighton, Sussex: Moon's Society, 1906. First Edition. Hardcover. Good. Helen Keller's 1903 essay rendered into Moon's type, an embossed alphabet and reading system for the blind. Invented by the Englishman Dr. William Moon in 1845, after he went blind as the result of an illness at the age of 21, this system is primarily seen as most useful to others who lost their sight after learning to read in the conventional way. This printing was commissioned by J.M. Pereles of the Wisconsin Free Library Commission, in his wife's name on the occasion of her birthday anniversary, May 22nd; the commission's name is embossed on the "Alphabet page" at the front end. Moon's Society, 1906; no additional printings indicated; folio in landscape orientation, 28.5cm x 36cm; marbled paper over brown cloth, paper title plate on spine; tipped-in half sheet catalog of works published in Moon's type, [1], 53pp. Sturdily sewn binding remains fully intact; embossed characters remain clean and firmly raised; moderate amount of wear at edges and corners of boards, title plate age-toned and rubbed (due to curving of spine) but whole; some fraying and small closed tears at page edges. A very scarce edition of a work by one of the most fascinating Americans of the 20th century--blind, deaf, or otherwise. From a private collection. Due to the size/weight of this book extra charges may apply for international shipping. Ships from Dinkytown in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


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Optimism: An Essay [Moon&#39;s Type Edition]
Keller, Helen
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Moon's Society
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Brighton, Sussex
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