Visible Speech: The Science of Universal Alphabetics; or Self-Interpreting Physiological Letters, for the Writing of All Languages in One Alphabet. Illustrated by Tables, Diagrams, and Examples
by Bell, Alex. Melville
London: Simpkin, Marshall & Co, 1867. Inaugural edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Inaugural edition, 1867, hardcover with original cloth boards and rebound new spine, small quarto, 126pp. + 16 plates, illustrated in b&w. Book VG with bright gilt letters to new spine, edgewear that tears cloth, rubbing, binding tight with new endpapers, endpapers on both ends reinforced with paper strips in gutters, inner gutters cracked, text toned throughout and shows foxing to edges of pages, otherwise unmarked. No DJ. In 1867, Alexander Melville Bell published the book Visible Speech: The Science of Universal Alphabetics. This book contains information about the system of symbols he created that, when used to write words, indicated pronunciation so accurately, that it could even reflect regional accents. A person reading a piece of text handwritten in Melville Bell's system of characters could accurately reproduce a sentence the way it would be spoken by someone with a foreign or regional accent. In his demonstrations, Melville Bell employed his son, Alexander Graham Bell to read from the visible speech transcript of the volunteer's spoken words and would astound the audience by saying it back exactly as the volunteer had spoken it.
(Inventory #: B36786)
Literature, Arts & Photography, Western Pennsylvania, General Scholarly
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