The cosmotype. Vol. 1 no. 1 to vol. 1 no. 9. Andrew J. Graham, ed.
The cosmotype. Vol. 1 no. 1 to vol. 1 no. 9
The cosmotype. Vol. 1 no. 1 to vol. 1 no. 9

The cosmotype. Vol. 1 no. 1 to vol. 1 no. 9

New York: Andrew Graham, 1854. Likely the complete run of this short-lived advocate for phonotypy, 8vo, contiguous pagination, pp. 216; bound with: Pitman, Benn, & R. P. Prosser. The reporter's manual and vocabulary, Cincinnati: Phonographic Institute, 1854; First edition, pp 15 (manual only, lacking the vocabulary); Contemporary blue cloth, corners bumped, spine label partially perished, pastedowns lifted up to reveal binding wastepaper (more phonographic material); very good and sound. Andrew Graham is best known for his modification of Pitman's shorthand system, which saw broad use in the United States. His newsletter, The Cosmotype, appears to have only lasted for nine months. Westby-Gibson notes that it was commenced and discontinued in 1854, and online records do not indicate any issues after September. Content-wise it is a smattering of novelties on science and society, plus a great deal on phonography and spelling reform, including news and reviews, and a few articles written in phonetic type. Examples of news are notices of the adoption of phonetic type among the Mormons and the missionaries to the Mikmak, and a notice of a delay in printing due to a lack of compositors who were familiar with phonetic type. Rare, NYPL and AAS only. Item #54136

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