Prize dissertation which was honored with the Magellanic gold medal ... Cadmus: or a treatise on the elements of written language, illustrating, by a philosophical division of speech, the power of each character, thereby mutually fixing the orthography and orthoepy. William Thornton.
Prize dissertation which was honored with the Magellanic gold medal ... Cadmus: or a treatise on the elements of written language, illustrating, by a philosophical division of speech, the power of each character, thereby mutually fixing the orthography and orthoepy
Prize dissertation which was honored with the Magellanic gold medal ... Cadmus: or a treatise on the elements of written language, illustrating, by a philosophical division of speech, the power of each character, thereby mutually fixing the orthography and orthoepy

Prize dissertation which was honored with the Magellanic gold medal ... Cadmus: or a treatise on the elements of written language, illustrating, by a philosophical division of speech, the power of each character, thereby mutually fixing the orthography and orthoepy

Philadelphia: R. Aitken & Son, 1793. 8vo, pp. 110; folding chart on vowel usage; original blue paper boards; spine perished, joints weak, flyleaves lacking, minor spotting to text, fair. Errata pasted down after title page. With the ownership signature of Eben Elmer, physician, Revolutionary soldier, and representative in both the New Jersey legislature and Congress. William Thornton's "Essay on the mode of teaching the surd, or deaf and consequently dumb, to speak" is the appendix of this title and was the first publication in America to address speech instruction for the deaf. The main body of the text concerns spelling reform, and as the title states won the Magallanic gold medal from the American Philosophical Society. That same year Thornton was given the contract to design the Capitol building, and he later became the first Superintendent of Patents (Bell, "Dr. William Thornton and His Essay"). Evans 26258, Sabin 95646. Item #54492

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