Title page of ABD

ABD ehk Luggemise-Ramat Lastele ("ABD or the Book Reading for Children" in English) is an Estonian alphabet book by Otto Wilhelm Masing published in Tartu in 1795.[1][2]

The work is the first Estonian language book with a title page. For the first time, the book included a guide on how to teach reading. In the Estonian language, the abbreviation "ABC" is not used for the alphabet, because the letter C does not appear in the Estonian vocabulary.[2][3]

See also


  1. ^ HistoryEstonian Children's Literature Centre
  2. ^ a b Spotted Mother TongueVaba Eesti Sõna
  3. ^ Sven-Erik Soosaar & Urmas Sutrop: Eesti keel. Estonian Institute, 2019. ISBN 978-9949-558-55-1.