MOON, William (1818-1894)
Moon Christmas Annual. 1938 [Printed in embossed Moon type]
[London: Moon Society, 1938]. Oblong folio. Printed and "Moon type" title ("A Simplified System of Embossed Reading for the Use of the Blind") preceding the Moon type title as above, otherwise entirely printed in embossed Moon type. , 85 ff.
Publisher's paper boards, lettered spine label
Printed in embossed Moon type for the blind.
William Moon, born in 1818, contracted smallpox as a young child and by age 22 had lost his sight completely. Frustrated by the quality of the embossed reading systems he tried, he developed his own system based on roman lettering, with portions of the letters omitted in order to make the characters more discernible to the touch. Moon's system was easy to master, particularly for those who had learned to read before losing their sight, and it became very successful. The present Christmas Annual for 1838, printed as a gift by the Moon Society, includes holiday-themed poetry and stories.