BLIND

[John Drinkwater, poet and dramatist, allows his play to be copied into Braille.] Typed Note Signed to Miss A. Mangens, giving her permission to copy his play 'Cromwell' into Braille.

Author: 
John Drinkwater (1882-1937), poet and dramatist
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 4 Ashburn Gardens, London, S.W.7.
£45.00

1p., landscape 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. The letter reads: 'Dear Madam, | As far as I am concerned I shall be very glad for you to copy Cromwell into Braille, but I think you ought to get the formal permission of my publishers, Messers Sidgwick and Jackson, which I am sure that they will give you.'

[Alfred Noyes, English poet.] Autograph Card Signed to 'Miss Meugens', granting permission to make a version for the blind of his 'Torch-Bearers'.

Author: 
Alfred Noyes (1880-1958), English poet
Publication details: 
85 Cadogan Gardens, S.W. [London postmark, 8 June 1925.]
£35.00

In good condition, lightly-aged, with thin strip from stub to one edge of address side of card. Message reads: 'It will give me great pleasure for you to copy the 2nd. volume of the Torch-Bearers, as you suggest, for the Blind. | With my best wishes, | Alfred Noyes.'

[Offprint leaflet.] What has been done with one deaf child in his own home.

Author: 
Anna C. Reinhardt, Teacher in School for the Deaf, Bala, Pa. [Pennsylvania; National Educational Association]
Publication details: 
Reprinted from the Journal of Proceedings and Addresses of the National Educational Association, Asbury Park, N.J., 1905.
£30.00

3pp., 8vo. Paginated [901]-903. Bifolium. In fair condition on aged and creased paper. With shelfmark, stamp and labels of the Board of Education Reference Library, London.

[Printed pamphlet.] N.I.B. Bulletins No. 2. Museums and the Blind.

Author: 
National Institute for the Blind, London [Board of Education Reference Library, London]
Publication details: 
National Institute for the Blind, 224-6-8, Great Portland Street, London, W.1. [1931.]
£60.00

12pp., 12mo. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, with rusting staples, and stamp, shelfmarks and label of the Board of Education Reference Library, London. Scarce: no copy on OCLC WorldCat and the only copy on COPAC at the National Museum, Wales.

[Printed pamphlet.] The College & Association of Teachers of the Blind. School Teachers' Examination. Regulations and Syllabus for 1925.

Author: 
The College & Association of Teachers of the Blind, London [Board of Education Reference Library, London]
Publication details: 
The College & Association of Teachers of the Blind [London]. 1925. [Herbert & Mobbs, Printers, 20, Bucklersbury, E.C.4.
£60.00

15pp., 12mo. On aged and stained paper, with rust to staples. Stamp, shelfmarks and label of the Board of Education Reference Library, London. Scarce: no material relating to this organisation on COPAC, while OCLC WorldCat has two later items.

[Printed pamphlet.] Report of the London Society for Teaching and Training the Blind for the Year 1928-1929.

Author: 
The London Society for Teaching and Training the Blind [Board of Education Reference Library, London]
Publication details: 
[The London Society for Teaching and Training the Blind. 1929.]
£56.00

130pp., 12mo. In poor condition, with frontispiece detached and damaged, and possibly lacking full title, rusted staples. Shelfmark (of the Board of Education Reference Library). In makeshift brown folder carrying title in manuscript. Scarce: no copy of this report on COPAC.

[Printed pamphlet.] 70th Annual Report of the Executive Committee, Presented May 7th at the Annual General Meeting, held at the Institution, Sir George Barham (High Sheriff of the County of Middlesex) in the Chair. [With rules and subscription list.]

Author: 
London Society for Teaching the Blind to Read and for Training them in Industrial Occupations, London
Publication details: 
London: Baines and Scarsbrook, Printers, Fairfax Road, Swiss Cottage, N.W. 1908.
£80.00

70pp., 12mo. With two full-page photographic illustrations: 'Girls Chair-Caning' and 'Boys' Industrial Work'. On aged and worn paper. Rear wrap only present, with photograph of the institution. With shelfmarks, stamp and label of the Board of Education Reference Library, London. Scarce: no copy of this report on COPAC.

Run of six printed reports of the British and Foreign Blind Association for Promoting the Education and Employment of the Blind, London.

Author: 
[The British and Foreign Blind Association for Promoting the Education and Employment of the Blind, London]
Publication details: 
London: Bowles & Sons, Printers, 18 & 19, Sherborne Lane, E.C. 1907 to 1912.
£250.00

The six issues, loose. Each with its printed wraps (the first two years light brown, the other four green). Ranging in size from 40pp., 12mo (1908) to 76pp., 12mo (1912). Last three issues with frontispiece drawing of the Association's building in Great Portland Street. In good condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. Each issue with stamp, shelfmark and label of the Board of Education Reference Library, London. All with material relating to the Braille Alphabet (and in some cases the Braille Musical Alphabet) at rear. Scarce: no copies of any of the Association's reports on COPAC.

Five Victorian printed reports to conferences relating to the blind, including ones held at Yorkshire School for the Blind; Royal Normal College for the Blind; General Institution for the Blind, Edgbaston, Birmingham.

Author: 
[Yorkshire School for the Blind; Royal Normal College for the Blind, Norwood; General Institution for the Blind, Edgbaston, Birmingham]
Publication details: 
Two in London in 1876; York, 1883; Norwood, 1890; Birmingham, 1894.
£250.00

The five reports in good condition, on aged and lightly-worn paper. The five bound together in a worn red calf half-binding, with marbled endpapers and strengthened inner hinges (outer hinges sprung). In gilt on spine: 'THE BLIND | CONFERENCES | LONDON |1876 | LONDON | 1876 | YORK | 1883 | NORWOOD | 1890 | BIRMINGHAM | 1894.' First item carries stamp and shelfmarks of the Education Department Library, London; other items with numbered labels on title-pages. Presentation label on front fly-leaf, with following in manuscript: 'Presented to the Education Department Library by Mr.

Fourteen nineteenth-century French pamphlets relating to the blind, four presented by Maurice de La Sizeranne of the Association Valentin Haüy, a run of whose magazine is also present, with English pamphlet from Wilberforce School for the Blind, York

Author: 
Maurice de La Sizeranne; Association Valentin Haüy, Paris; Institut National des Jeunes Aveugles; Société des Ateliers d'Aveugles; Alexandre Blanchet; Wilberforce School for the Blind, York]
Publication details: 
All but one item printed in Paris, Paris-Auteuil and Tournon, between 1859 and 1888. The fifteenth pamphlet printed in York by Coultas and Volans of King Street, 1879.
£950.00

A total of 38 items (15 pamphlets and 23 copies of a magazine) bound together in a sturdy modern brown cloth binding, with 'PAMPHLETS ON THE BLIND | FRENCH' and shelfmark in gilt on spine. The items are in good overall condition, on aged paper, with occasional slight chipping and wear to wraps. Label of the Board of Education Reference Library, London, and stamps and labels of its predecessor, the Science & Art Department Educational Library.

[Printed pamphlet.] The College and Association of Teachers of the Blind. Twentieth Annual Report For the Year ending 31st March, 1928.

Author: 
[The College and Association of Teachers of the Blind, London]
Publication details: 
[The College and Association of Teachers of the Blind, London, 1928.]
£60.00

23pp., 12mo. In orange printed wraps. In fair condition, lightly worn and aged, with rusting staple and shelfmark, stamp and label of the Board of Education Reference Library, London. Scarce: no copy traced on OCLC WorldCat or COPAC.

[Printed item.] National Association of Teachers of the Deaf. Proceedings of the Biennial Conference, held at the Royal Institution for the Deaf, Friargate, Derby, on August 2nd, 3rd and 4th, 1899.

Author: 
[National Association of Teachers of the Deaf, Dr R. Elliott, Chairman]
Publication details: 
Printed by Bemrose & Sons, Limited, Derby and London. [1899.]
£250.00

233pp., 8vo. With numerous illustrations, both full-page and in text. In burgundy cloth binding, gilt. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with shelfmarks, stamp and label of the Department of Education and Science Reference Library, London. Scarce: the only copy on COPAC or OCLC WorldCat at the British Library.

Complete run of the first twenty-five printed annual reports of the Columbia Insitution for the Deaf and Dumb, with a number of illustrative engravings.

Author: 
[Columbia Institution for the Deaf, Dumb, and Blind [The Gallaudet University]; Amos Kendall and Edward M. Gallaudet, Presidents; Ulysses S. Grant, Patron]]
Publication details: 
All printed in Washington, D.C., between 1858 and 1882, some early issues by George W. Bowman, from 1869 by the Government Printing Office.
£2,000.00

The twenty-five reports bound together in a brown leather half-binding, with marbled boards, and title and shelfmark in gilt on spine, with a total of 654pp., 8vo., and ranging in length from 9pp. (the first) to 150pp. (the eleventh). Also present are sixteen plates (engraved views, floor and ground plans, two pages illustrating 'The Mechanism of Speech', five photographic views), including two fold-outs. In good condition, on aged paper, in worn binding, with shelfmarks and stamps of the Science & Art Department Educational Library and Education Department Library.

Manuscript Letter, written by an amanuensis for the blind poet 'P. B. Marston' [Philip Bourke Marston], to John T. Baron of Blackburn, referring to two of his books, and to a photograph taken six years before, which 'does not please' his friends.

Author: 
Philip Bourke Marston (1850-1887), blind English poet, protégé of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and friend of James Thomson ('B. V.') [John T. Baron of Blackburn autograph hunter]
Publication details: 
191 Euston Road, London. 11 October 1882.
£56.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In stamped and postmarked envelope, addressed in the same hand to 'J. Y. [sic] Baron Esq. | 48, Griffin Street, | Tritton | Blackburn'. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, in slightly discoloured envelope. It is not known who acted as Marston's amanuensis after the death of his sister Cicely in 1878: the present letter is written in a neat and somewhat childish hand. It dates from what had been an extremely trying year for Marston, with Rossetti dying the previous April, and the dying James Thomson being carried from Marston's rooms two months later.

Eight Typed Letters, with cyclostyled signatures ('Arthur Pearson'), to Sir Henry Trueman Wood, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts.

Author: 
Sir Cyril Arthur Pearson [Sir Arthur Pearson] (1866-1921), founder of 'The Daily Express', President of the National Institute for the Blind and Fresh Air Fund
Publication details: 
October 1916 to June 1917; all on letterhead of the Blinded Soldiers' and Sailors' Hostel, St. Dunstan's, Regent's Park, N.W. [London].
£150.00

All eight items are 4to, 1 p, and good on lightly aged paper. Seven items bearing the Society's stamp and four docketed. The correspondence concerns a talk given by Pearson to the Society, 'on the subject of the training of the soldiers blinded in the War'. On 19 October 1916 Pearson writes: 'I am a little afraid that I cannot properly carry out the suggestion you so kindly make. I am quite blind, and therefore am unable to read a paper.' The 'preparation of a formal paper' would 'demand more time than I am able to spare at present.

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