As a child William Moon contracted scarlet fever, which eventually caused him to lose his sight. Dissatisfied with early reading systems produced for the blind, which were difficult to comprehend through touch, Moon devised a simplified alphabetical typeface in 1845 with which he published short devotional readings and a monthly magazine. By 1850 Moon had begun to publish single books of the Bible, and charitable contributions allowed him to sell these at prices below cost.
BRB1413. William Moon (1818–1894). A Simplified Sytem of Embossed Reading for the Use of the Blind. London: Moons Establishment . . . for the Blind, [ca. 1850].
Moon, William, 1819–1894. , “BRB1413,” Bridwell Library Special Collections Exhibitions, accessed March 28, 2023, https://bridwell.omeka.net/items/show/1666.