1938 · London
Moon Christmas Annual. 1938.
London: Moon Society, 1938. Printed in embossed Moon type for the blind, a simplified system of embossed reading for the Use of the Blind.Oblong Folio, printed throughout with "Moon type" title;  85 ff.; publisher's brown cartridge stiff wrappers, lettered spine label.The present Christmas Annual for 1938, printed as a gift by the Moon Society, includes holiday themed poetry and stories. A most unusual Christmas gift annual.
William Moon, contracted smallpox as a young child and by age 22 had lost his sight completely. Frustrated by the quality of embossed reading systems he had tried, he developed his own system based on roman lettering, with portions of the letters omitted in order to make the characters more discernible to the touch. Moon's system was easy to master, particularly for those who had learned to read before losing their sight, and it became very successful. However, nowadays examples are rarely encountered. (Inventory #: BB083)