Holder,William D.D. (1616-1698) Fellow of the R.Society
ELEMENTS OF SPEECH: an Essay of Inquiry into The Natural Production of Letters: With an Appendix Concerning Persons Deaf & Dumb
T. N[ewcombe] for J. Martyn Printer to the R.Society [first edition] at the Bell without Temple-Barr
Pretty crowned emblems of 4 kingdoms at head of preface and text.
Octavo 18th century calf on 5 raised bands with gilt arms on both covers (Society of Writers to the Signet) tips and edges rubbed, joints cracked but held by cords. Old shelf mark label and modern name label (John Lawson) on pastedown, name stamp Sir Richard Betenson Bart at head of titlepage, licence page and title browned at edges,  +168pp. *Holder, a clergyman and early member of the Royal Society, here explains the mechanics of articulation. In the preface he notes that he was motivated "by a Worthy Design of giving Relief to a Deaf and Dumb Person, in the year 1659". He uses oral & written signs and applies a manual alphabet together with lip-reading (Wing H2386, Krivatsy 5935). Scarce.
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