This book presents an edition of a previously unpublished notebook used by the seventeenth-century polymath John Wallis to teach language to the 'deaf mute' Alexander Popham.
The notebook, which has recently come to light, is a rare example of a manual tailor-made for the instruction of a known individual.
David Cram and Jaap Maat place the work in its personal, social, and scientific contexts. They include a range of additional contemporary texts and provide a clear text with helpful annotations. Their lengthy introduction includes a discussion of the theoretical issues underpinning the teaching of language to the deaf.