Boston: New England Publishing Co., 1878. xl,373pp. Medium green cloth, ruled and decorated in black, lettered in gilt (including in facsimile of the subject's own signature). Heliotype frontis portrait, plate and three folding plates (totaling five pages) of facsimile manuscript. Narrow strip (1.5 cm deep) neatly trimmed along top margin of title, minor foxing offset from tissue guard to title-leaf; a very good, uncommonly bright copy. Item #WRCLIT82679
First edition. Laura Bridgman, left blind and deaf at the age of two after a bout of scarlet fever, was the first deaf and blind person to learn verbal language. After being praised by Dickens in AMERICAN NOTES she was lionized for a time, and after settling in at the Perkins Inst., she taught Anne Sullivan, later Helen Keller's instructor and companion. Houghton Mifflin issued subsequent printings.