Very rare printing in relief
[GALLIOD, Jean-François or GUILLIE, Sebastien]. Notice historique sur l’Institution Royale des Jeunes Aveugles. (Prix: 2 Francs). Imprimé par les Jeunes Aveugles, [Paris], 1817. 8vo (198 x 137 mm), ff. , each leaf consisting of two sheets pasted together and printed in relief (of which on leaf for the title, plus pp. 5-32, bound without a blank leaf preceding title); modern cloth. ￥1,995,000円 (送料･税別)
An extremely rare printing in relief following the process invented by the Abbé Haüy.
Sébastien Guillié, director of the Institut des Jeunes Aveugles published this work in the same year as his celebrated Essai sur l’instruction des aveugles in which he set out his ideas on the instruction of the blind. A passionate music lover, Guillié allowed for the creation of an orchestra at his institute, which performed with much success under the direction of Jean-François Galliod, blind himself since birth and having joined the Institute in 1787, aged 10.
Anonymously published the work can be attributed to both Sébastien Guillié, or Jean-François Galliod.
Printings with characters in relief are of the greatest rarity. To execute these printings each recto and verso had to be printed separately and then pasted together by hand. Another work printed in this manner and with the same characters is the Calendrier manuel pour trouver à l’aide de la main le jour que tombe un quantième quelconque of 1840, also printed by Jean-François Galliod.
The Catalogue collectif de France locates two institutional holdings, at the Bibliothèque Nationale, and Châlons; OCLC lists no further copies in Europe or the US.
The leaf not present in this copy is a blank preceding the title. I thank the Bibliothèque Nationale for having verified this.
Provenance: armorial bookplate, probably Swiss.
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