Elements of Speech:
An Essay of Inquiry into The Natural Production of Letters: with An Appendix Concerning Persons Deaf & Dumb.1669 Stock Code: 32216
NotesFirst edition. Holder (1615/6-1698) was a clergyman and natural philosopher, one of the first members of the Royal Society. "In 1660 at Bletchingdon he achieved considerable fame by teaching a deaf mute, Alexander Popham, to speak 'plainly and distinctly, and with a good and graceful tone'" (ODNB). This publication was based on the paper Holder delivered to the Royal Society the previous year. He deplores the "faulty alphabets" of grammarians and names and analyses the physical parts of speech in pursuit of a basis for a universal language.
Octavo (165 x 108 mm). Nineteenth-century half calf, lacks label.
With initial licence leaf.
Ownership inscription and inkstamp on Virginia A Osborne on front free endpaper. Rubbed, edges of boards worn, outer leaves, licence leaf soiled on blank recto and coming loose, outer leaves foxed, but the paper strong throughout, a good copy.
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