Printing house for blind hoping to acquire rare Braille book

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – The American Printing House for the Blind in Clifton is trying to raise $95,000 by Jan. 29 to buy one of only six know copies of Louis Braille’s 1829 book introducing the Braille system of reading and writing with raised dots.

The Courier-Journal reports (http://cjky.it/1JOwWQJ) the book’s title translated from the French is “Method for Writing Words, Music and Plainsong in Dots,” and it is one of only two copies in the United States.

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Company spokeswoman Roberta Williams says if the printing house acquires it for its museum, it be the only copy on public display.

Williams described the book as being in “incredible condition.” She said the 37 embossed pages are “clean and intact” and illustrate the experimental nature of early embossing using wooden blocks pressed onto wet paper.

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Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com

 

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