Dating from the nineteenth century, this stunning large grey-paper Braille book contains various works by the celebrated French author Molière and is a first edition. The pages are bound by two spotted paper-covered boards and a cloth-covered sculpted board spine. Braille was invented in France as a way to facilitate reading for people with difficulty of sight. This antique Braille book is a truly spectacular collector's piece or special gift for users or appreciators of the history of the Braille language and of Molière.
Note wear to binding and front cover. Opens and closes without issue.
Louis Braille, who was blinded at the age of three, invented the system in 1824 while a student at the Institution Nationale des Jeunes Aveugles (National Institute for Blind Children), Paris. Later, Frenchman Valentin Haüy was the first person to emboss paper as a means of reading for the blind.
Jean-Baptiste Poquelin (1622-1673), known by his stage name Molière, was a French playwright, actor, and poet, widely regarded as one of the great writers in the French language and world literature.
Condition and wear consistent with age and use.
Approx. overall 11¾" high x 9½" wide x 3½" deep
Approx. overall 30cm high x 24cm wide x 9cm deep