Alexander Graham Bell (1911) The Mechanism of Speech – Education of the Deaf


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Bell, Alexander Graham. The Mechanism of Speech: Lectures Delivered Before the American Association to Promote the Teaching of Speech to the Deaf, to Which is Appended a Paper Vowel Theories Read Before the National Academy of Arts and Sciences. (New York and London: Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1911). Fifth Edition

Quarto. xv, blank, 133 pages. Illustrated. Hardcover. Bound in brown cloth-covered boards stamped in black and gilt on front cover, gilt only on spine.

Condition: VG. Gilt slightly dulled on spine. Spotting in s Light soiling in interior. Speck of a tar-like substance on bottom edge of textblock.  Some foxing at the beginning of the textblock.  Altogether a nice copy.

Bell’s father, grandfather, and brother had all been associated with work on elocution and speech and both his mother and wife were deaf, profoundly influencing Bell’s life’s work. His research on hearing and speech further led him to experiment with hearing devices which eventually culminated in Bell being awarded the first U.S. patent for the telephone in 1876. – Wikipedia