Orbis Sensualium Pictus
from The Cambridge Guide to Children's Books in English
Written by the Czech philosopher, teacher and educational theorist John Amos Comenius, this was one of the earliest picturebooks especially designed for children. It consists of a series of illustrations depicting various aspects of the natural world, human industry and endeavour, each with a brief parallel explanatory text in Latin and a vernacular language. The book was first printed in Nuremberg, an English language translation being published a year later by the grammarschool teacher John Hoole.