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Louis Braille Book Unveiling

A close-up of Louis Braille’s first published braille codebook, 1829.

APH staff Gary Mudd, VP; Mike Hudson, Museum Director; and Craig Meador, President, talked about the significance of this Louis Braille artifact.

The APH community gathered on Thursday, February 11, 2016, to celebrate the arrival of the “Procede” at the Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind. Procédé pour écrire les Paroles, la Musique et le Plain-chant au moyen de point, was written by Louis Braille. Embossed at L’institution des Jeunes Aveugles in 1829, it was the first publication of the Braille Code. Purchased by APH from a New York bookseller, it is one of only six copies of the book known to still exist. Given the intimate living and working conditions at L’institution des Jeunes Aveugles, it is hard to imagine that every copy of the book did not at some phase of production pass through the hands of its author.