Joh. Amos Comenii Orbis Sensualium Pictus, Hoc Est Omnium Principalium in Mundo Rerum, Et in Vita Actionum, Pictura & Nomenclatura

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"This famous work, apart from ABC's, might be considered the first picture book for children and marked the beginning of juvenile literature in its own right"--Osborne Collection of early children's books, 1566-1910, page 113 (in note to the 1777 London edition).

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Page 2 - And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.
Page 7 - Now there is nothing in the understanding which was not before in the sense. And, therefore, to exercise the senses well about the right perceiving the differences of things, will be to lay the grounds for all wisdom, and all wise discourse, and all discreet actions in one's course of life.
Page 1 - Visible world: or, A nomenclature, and pictures, of all the chief things that are in the world, and of men's employments therein; in above 150 cuts.
Page 12 - He hath, therefore, in some of his later works seemed to move retrograde, and striven to come neerer to the reach of tender wits, and in this present Book, he hath (according to my judgment) descended to the very Bottom of what is to be taught, and proceeded (as Nature itself doth) in an orderly way, first to exercise the Senses well by presenting their objects to them and then to fasten upon the Intellect by impressing the first notions of things upon it and linking them one to another by a rational...
Page 9 - The very looking upon the thing pictured suggesting the name of the thing will tell the child how the title of the picture is to be read. And thus the whole book being gone over by the bare titles of the pictures, reading cannot but be learned — and indeed, too, without using any ordinary tedious spelling — that most troublesome torture of wits.
Page 9 - First, it will afford a device for learning to read more easily than hitherto, especially having a symbolical alphabet set before it; to wit, the characters of the several letters, with the image of that creature whose voice that letter goeth about to imitate, pictured by it. For the young ABC scholar will easily remember the force of every character by the very looking upon the creature, till the imagination, being strengthened by use, can readily afford all things...
Page 11 - For which reason it were to be wished, that things rare and not easy to be met withal at home, might be kept ready in every great school, that they may be shewed also, as often as any words are to be made of them, to the scholars. "Thus at last this school would indeed become a school of things obvious to the senses, and an entrance to the school intellectual.
Page 7 - The ground of this business is, that sensual objects may be rightly presented to the senses, for fear they may not be received. I say, and say it again aloud, that this last is the foundation of all the rest: because we can neither act nor speak wisely, unless we first rightly understand all the things which are to be done, and whereof we are to speak. Now there is nothing in the understanding which was not before in the sense. And therefore to exercise the senses well about the right...
Page 15 - Children, do not much trouble their thoughts and clog their memories with bare Grammar Rudiments, which to them are harsh in getting, and fluid in retaining; because indeed to them they signifie nothing, but a mere swimming notion of a general term, which they know not what it meaneth, till they comprehend particulars...
Page 138 - d to vertue, and it is distinguished into Forms. The Master, 2. sitteth in a Chair, 3. the Scholars, 4. in Forms, 5. he teacheth, they learn. Some things are writ down before them with Chalk on a Table, 6.

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