December 6, First ABC-Book Author 220th Birth Anniversary
Albanian Daily News
Published December 6, 2017
December 6 marks the 220th birth anniversary of the Naum Veqilharxhi, the author of the first ABC-book. The great thinker, the distinct iluminist and fervent activist of the Albanian school, was born in Vithkuq village of Korça.
He started in 1824 the work for the drafting of a special alphabet of the Albanian language with 33 letters that would be accepted by everyone in order to overcome the debates related to the other alphabets. He aimed to addapt the writing system to the particular phonetics of the Albanian language. This alphabet enabled him to publish in 1844 the first ABC-book of Albanian language, known as ‘The Evetar”. The first ABC-book of Albanian language was welcomed with enthusiasm and was quickly distributed in Southern Albania. He re-published this book one year later with the title “A brand-new Evetar in Albanian”.
Veqilharxhi also drafted an Albanian language grammar book and other important books that unfortunately were lost during the years.