Saturday, March 27, 2010

Looking for the frog (II)

As in mAs in my previous post I would like to share with you today another stamp that I discovered recently as a good candidate for my frog stamp collection. And this was not obvious at first sight! Here it is.
This stamp was issued on the 19th of March 2008 by Czech postal administration. It commemorates the 350th anniversary of the publication of “Orbis pictus” a book written by J.A. Komenský.
Jan Amos Komensky (1592-1670) is a world-famous Czech thinker, writer and founder of modern education.
Orbis Pictus (World in Pictures) is the culmination of practical application of the author's education principles and is the first picture dictionary and encyclopedia for children in the world. It was published in 1658 in Nürnberg in Latin and German, and quickly spread to further countries. The version including a Czech text was published in 1685 as a four-language (Czech, Latin, German, Hungarian) edition. The work consists of one hundred and fifty chapters with a systematic education procedure: the non-living nature is followed by botany, zoology, religion, and finally human being and activities.

Orbis Pictus starts with a Latin alphabet illustrated with the sounds produced by animals or humans. The stamp pictures this alphabet represented on a globe. Each letter is illustrated by an animal or a human. For instance the letter B is associated with the lamb, because the lamp bleats BEEE.

Where is the frog? It is (partially visible) on the left top corner of the stamp, associated with the letter X, to illustrate that the frog croaks (COAX).

1 comment:

Cees Prins said...

I alway's looking for chickens. Think there is on on the globe too.

Do have a lot of personalized frogs to come, maybe you like some.