First edition of this landmark work in the history of education for deaf people, focused especially for eight to twelve year-olds.
"Voice is a living emanation of the spirit that God breathed into man when He created him a living soul." – Translation from Harlan Lane
Johann Amman is considered "the founder of the German tradition of oralism," an early and significant method of deaf education through which students learned oral language through lip reading and mimicking mouth shapes (Lane). The present work is much expanded from Amman's earlier title SURDUS LOQUENS, and focuses on the education of deaf children "between eight and fifteen years of age" (Arnold). Amman based many of his methods on his practical experience teaching Esther Kolard – the deaf daughter of a wealthy businessman – how to read and speak. Samuel Heinicke, founder of the first German deaf institution, used DISSERTATIO DE LOQUELA as the "foundation" for his educational theory (Lane). A major publication in disability education, with significant influence on later schools and developments: scarce in this condition.
Read more: Thomas Arnold, On the Education of the Deaf; Harlan Lane, When the Mind Hears: A History of the Deaf.
Amstelædami [Amsterdam]: Joannem Wolters, 1700. Full title: Dissertio de loquela Qua non solum Vox humana, & loquendi artificium ex originibus suis eruuntur: Sed & traduntur media, quibus ii, qui ab incunabulis surdi & muti fuerunt, loquelam adipisci, quique difficulter loquunter, vitia sua emendare possint. Octavo, 6.25'' x 4''. Full contemporary mottled calf, elaborately gilt-stamped spine, red goatskin spine label. Marbled edges and marbled endpapers. Title page printed in black and red, with engraved device of a candle. One fold-out chart of sounds. , 120 pages, collated complete. Only light wear to binding; interior fresh and crisp.
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