‘The Shepard of Salisbury Plain’, published by Francis and John Rivington, London, United Kingdom, 1848 printed in the Frere tactile or stenographic system for the blind developed by writer James Hatley Frere (1779–1866).
Writer James Hatley Frere (1779–1866) was interested in education and around 1838 he developed a tactile or stenographic type system for teaching the blind to read. Frere developed this system using feedback from “a very clever blind man” who suggested several important changes. Frere’s system was developed before the Braille system was introduced to the UK. Frere was one of many alternative systems to the Braille system, which did not become the near-universal tactile system of teaching the blind to read until the late 1800s.