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The Italian Library. Containing an Account of the Lives and Works of the Most Valuable Authors of Italy. With a Preface, Exhibiting the Changes of the Tuscan Language, from the Barbarous Ages to the Present Time
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The Italian Library. Containing an Account of the Lives and Works of the Most Valuable Authors of Italy. With a Preface, Exhibiting the Changes of the Tuscan Language, from the Barbarous Ages to the Present Time

By Baretti, Giuseppe [& Samuel JOHNSON]

London: Printed for A. Millar, 1757. First edition. [ii], xciv, [1, errata], [1], 343, [1], [26, index] pp. 8vo. Contemporary speckled calf, red morocco spine label. Rebacked, preserving original label, new endsheets. First edition. [ii], xciv, [1, errata], [1], 343, [1], [26, index] pp. 8vo. The first paragraph of the preface was written by Baretti's friend Dr. Johnson. The work comprises an outline of the development of the Italian language and an annotated bibliography of works in Italian. Fleeman 57.2BIL; Hazen, pp. 15-6

$400.00

Easy Lessons in Chinese: or progressive exercises to facilitate the Study of that Language, especially adapted to the Canton dialect
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Easy Lessons in Chinese: or progressive exercises to facilitate the Study of that Language, especially adapted to the Canton dialect

By Williams, S[amuel] Wells

Macao: Printed at the Office of the Chinese Repository, 1842. First edition. Frontispiece and folding plate. Text in English and Chinese. ix, [i], 287, [1] pp. 8vo. Rebacked and recorned in three quarters calf preserving early marbled boards, new endpapers. Horizontal tear across frontispiece , neatly repaired. Bookplate of Library of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. First edition. Frontispiece and folding plate. Text in English and Chinese. ix, [i], 287, [1] pp. 8vo. First edition of this early manual on the Chinese language for English speakers, issued as Chinese trade was opening to the West. It is the first book on China by the missionary and sinologist Samuel Wells Williams (1812-1884) who argues that the beginning student of Chinese should first learn to write the 214 radicals that comprise the various characters. With the bookplate of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, who in 1833 hired Williams to run its printing press in Guangdong. Cordier 1685; Lust 1067; Trübner, Catalogue of Dictionaries and Grammars of the Principal Languages, p. 37

$5000.00

Autograph Letter Signed, to Edward S.[herman] Gould

By Bryant, William Cullen

in recipient's hand dated March 30/60. 8vo. Small stains and slight soiling. 8vo. Bryant writes to Gould about an article recommending Worcester's Dictionary in the Evening Post, which several people would like to see answered. In part: "As you are my Ajax of philology I send it to you, that if you think it worthwhile you can handle it."

$650.00

Pantologia. A New Cyclopædia
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Pantologia. A New Cyclopædia

By Good, John Mason, Olinthus Gregory and Mr. Newton Bosworth

London: Printed for G. Kearsley et al., 1813. First edition. 12 vols. 8vo. Bound in half contemporary brown calf, gilt spines, marbled boards and edges. Very Good. First edition. 12 vols. 8vo.

$600.00

The Prompter; or Common Sayings, and Subjects, Which Are Full of Common Sense, the Best Sense in the World. By Noah Webster. To Which is Added, The Way to Wealth. By B. Franklin
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The Prompter; or Common Sayings, and Subjects, Which Are Full of Common Sense, the Best Sense in the World. By Noah Webster. To Which is Added, The Way to Wealth. By B. Franklin

By Webster, Noah

Coventry, [England]: printed by and for Pratt, Smith, & Lesson, 1808. Frontispiece. [8],88pp. 1 vols. 12mo. Contemporary plain paper boards, neatly rebacked to style. Minor scattered foxing. Some contemporary notations to blank leaves. Very good. In a brown half morocco folder, spine gilt. Frontispiece. [8],88pp. 1 vols. 12mo. An odd English regional edition of these brief essays on various colloquialisms and common sayings, which was first printed in Hartford in 1791, and reprinted well into the 19th century. The addition of Franklin's text is not standard, and this edition appears to be rather scarce and uncommon.

$350.00

Roget's International Thesaurus
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Roget's International Thesaurus

London and Glasgow: Collins, 1971. Third Edition. 8vo. Bound in full tan morocco, a.e.g., for Asprey & Co. Ltd., some spine fading. Third Edition. 8vo.

$250.00

Roget's International Thesaurus
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Roget's International Thesaurus

London and Glasgow: Collins, 1974. Third Edition. 8vo. Bound in full brown morocco, a.e.g., for Asprey London, some minor spine fading, else fine. Third Edition. 8vo.

$300.00

An Abridged Arabic Grammar. With one hundred and fifty simple conversational sentences and a Vocabulary of two thousand five hundred words
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An Abridged Arabic Grammar. With one hundred and fifty simple conversational sentences and a Vocabulary of two thousand five hundred words

By Norbury, P. F.

Aden: Printed at the Aden Special Prison Press, 1917. Second edition, printed same year as the first edition. [viii], 294 pp. Preliminary leaves with irregular pagination; errata on page [viii]. Printed slip inserted at head of title. 1 vols. Square 8vo. Terra cotta cloth and printed boards. Rubbed. Small neat ownership stamp on flyleaf and bottom edge. Very good (internally fresh). Second edition, printed same year as the first edition. [viii], 294 pp. Preliminary leaves with irregular pagination; errata on page [viii]. Printed slip inserted at head of title. 1 vols. Square 8vo. Grammar 'on the fronts where Arabic is spoken'. A practical Arabic grammar and vocabulary issued during wartime. The first edition, in 68 pages, comprises only the Grammar. This second edition is the first to include the substantial Vocabulary. Both editions are known only from copies at the BL. With a slip inserted at the title page: "Since the issue of the first edition it has been possible to test this grammar in regard to its utility in Mesopotamia. The result has been to confirm the correctness of the claim made in para four of the preface." Major P.F. Norbury, Commandant of the Poona Horse Troop and Arabic interpreter first class, states in his preface that the grammar was written "to assist officers and other at present engaged in military operations on the fronts where Arabic is spoken ..." Norbury observes that while officers in Aden have had difficulty in making themselves understood using other grammars, but "no such complaint can be urged against this one." The vocabulary is wide-ranging and includes an interesting entry under Net or Shabak: Also used locally of "Barbed wire entanglement." RARE. OCLC: 503838860 (BL only)

$3750.00

Autograph Letter Signed, "N Webster jun[ior]," to bookseller Daniel Steele of Albany, NY requesting payment for the sale of a Dictionary
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Autograph Letter Signed, "N Webster jun[ior]," to bookseller Daniel Steele of Albany, NY requesting payment for the sale of a Dictionary

By Webster, Noah

New Haven, Ct, 1812. 1 p. pen and ink with integral address leaf and docketing. 4to. Old folds. 1 p. pen and ink with integral address leaf and docketing. 4to. I received from you last summer ... 15 dol'rs on ... the Dictionaries. Reading in part: "I received from you last summer by your brother, 15 dol'rs on acct. of the Dictionaries. I understand you sent some of them - I believe 50 - to Mr. Seward of Utica. If so, you retain, if I recollect right, 150 copies - or 250. I wish for a settlement - if the books are sold - you deducting expenses & your commission. At any rate I wish for an amount of sales - & any balance in your hands. I sold the books at 42 cents - 42 dollars the hundred - at the time of publication. [A]s I have waited so long, if any profit has accrued, I ought to receive it. I have drawn an order by Mr. Platt ...." Webster most likely refers to his Compendious Dictionary of the English Language, printed in 1806 in an edition of 7,000 copies and priced $1.50. It was Webster's first dictionary and its publication marked a turning point in Webster's life, as he would devote the next twenty plus years to working on his historic American Dictionary (1828). If Webster's efforts to collect his profits don't come across here as urgent, it is likely because his Speller, Grammar, and Reader had long since been mainstays in American classrooms, and earned for him a comfortable living. Daniel Steele was among the earliest booksellers in Albany and "kept the largest and best assortment of books outside of New York City" (Howell and Tenney, Bi-centennial History of Albany, p. 650).

$3250.00

Webster's Dictionaries. From the Marietta (Ohio) Intelligencer, April 1-8, 1856
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Webster's Dictionaries. From the Marietta (Ohio) Intelligencer, April 1-8, 1856

By Andrews, I.W., President of Marietta College

Springfield, Mass: Geo. and Chas., Merriam, 1856. 22 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Stabbed. Fine. 22 pp. 1 vols. 8vo.

$250.00

A Grammar of the Italian Language with a Copious Praxis of Moral Sentences, to which is added an English Grammar for the use of the Italians
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A Grammar of the Italian Language with a Copious Praxis of Moral Sentences, to which is added an English Grammar for the use of the Italians

By Baretti, Joseph

London: printed for J. Nourse; W. Strahan; J.F. and C. Rivington; et al., 1778. [2], 448 pp. Without half-title. 8vo. Contemporary calf. Some chipping to joints, headband nearly detached, internally clean, a very good copy. [2], 448 pp. Without half-title. 8vo. The present work by Baretti, the famed Italian educator living in London and friend of Johnson, was first published in 1762. It offers quadrilingual versions (English, Spanish, French and Italian) of a variety of pieces excerpted from Johnson's Rasselas, from Corneille, Fenelon, Gozzi, Swift, Cervantes and others, as well as some pieces from his own journal of criticism, the Literary Scourge (La frusta letteraria). ESTC T85372

$250.00

Vocabolario Italiano & Inglese: A Dictionary, Italian and English. First compiled by John Florio ... Whereunto is Added, A Dictionary, English and Italian by Gio. Torriano
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Vocabolario Italiano & Inglese: A Dictionary, Italian and English. First compiled by John Florio ... Whereunto is Added, A Dictionary, English and Italian by Gio. Torriano

By Florio, John, & Giovanni Torriano

London: R. Chiswell, T. Sawbridge, G. Wells, and R. Bentley, 1688. Revised and corrected edition. [870], 34 pp. Text in three columns. Folio. Contemporary calf rebacked. Title page mounted, front hinge cracked, some rubbing and wear to boards. Revised and corrected edition. [870], 34 pp. Text in three columns. Folio. Second edition with Torriano's vocabulary, first published in 1659. ESTC R213739; Wing F1369

$750.00

A Dictionary of the English and Italian Languages
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A Dictionary of the English and Italian Languages

By Baretti, Joseph

London: C. and J. Rivington, et al., 1824. Seventh edition. Text in three columns. 2 vols. 8vo. Half-calf and marbled boards by Birdsall & Son of Northampton, morocco spine labels. Seventh edition. Text in three columns. 2 vols. 8vo. An attractive copy of Baretti's classic English-Italian dictionary.

$250.00

Autograph Letter Signed ("J.A.H. Murray") to Thomas Nadauld Brushfield
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Autograph Letter Signed ("J.A.H. Murray") to Thomas Nadauld Brushfield

By Murray, James A.H.

Oxford, 1893. 3 pp pen and ink on folded sheet of personal stationery. 8vo. Faint horizontal folding creases, faint adhesive ghost along inner edge and blank margin of first page, but generally excellent. 3 pp pen and ink on folded sheet of personal stationery. 8vo. Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary to an important contributor. Sir James Augustus Henry Murray (1837-1915), the great lexicographer of the Oxford English Dictionary, writes to one of his more prolific contributors, Dr. Thomas Nadauld Brushfiled (1828-1910), thanking him for agreeing to undertake an unspecified task, and providing an internal view of the massive undertaking that was the OED. "We shall be glad to have it, I am glad that you can do it ... Will you kindly see that quotes (if there are any) or words of others than Scott are not given as his, but attributed to their authors & dates[.] The trouble caused by carelessness on the part of some of our readers - sane men too, and with good opinion of their own prowess - is exasperating. Only yesterday we found that a quotation sent to us for 'deaconry' and attributed to Sir Alexr. Grant a few years ago, was a quotation by him fr[o]m the Book of Discipline in 1575. I should have like to whip the reader at the cart's-tail, not from any personal dislike, but out of a kindly regard for his welfare, & 'to whip the offending Adam out of him.' I have had to mark against him '--'s slips never to be used exc. in case of need, & then with caution.'" Murray goes on to congratulate Brushfield on his "delightful" President's Address to the Devonshire Association. A physician by profession and a pioneer of humane methods of treatment of the insane, Brushfield contributed more than 72,000 slips to the Oxford English Dictionary. By the time of this letter he retired to the south Devon coast near Hayes Barton, birthplace of Walter Raleigh. He served as president of the Devonshire Association in 1893-94, and through its auspices published a series of papers on Raleigh which made significant contributions to the field (ODNB).

$850.00

High Life in New York by Jonatahn Slick, Esq
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High Life in New York by Jonatahn Slick, Esq

By [Stephens, Ann Sophia (1810-1886)]

London: printed for Jeremiah How, 1844. First English Edition, published a year after the American Edition. xii, 259, [1]; vii, [i], [1]-264. 2 vols. 8vo. Bound in half red morocco and marbled boards, spine in gilt, t.e.g. First English Edition, published a year after the American Edition. xii, 259, [1]; vii, [i], [1]-264. 2 vols. 8vo. This English edition has a 4 page glossary of Yankee terms at pp. ix-xii Volume 1. Wright I, 2498; Sabin 82134

$350.00

Historical Essay Endeavoring a Probability That the language of ... China is the Primitive Language
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Historical Essay Endeavoring a Probability That the language of ... China is the Primitive Language

By Webb, John

London: Printed for Nath. Brook, 1669. First edition. Title-page printed in red and black, imprimatur (A1v), errata (P3r), lacking folding engraved map. Contemporary polished red morocco paneled gilt with double fillets, the spine in six compartments adorned with the gilt addorsed cipher of Charles II (one reserved for lettering), plain endpapers, edges gilt joints rubbed, lower corners of E1, G2, O5 clipped, short tear to bottom margin of I1, some light toning. First edition. Title-page printed in red and black, imprimatur (A1v), errata (P3r), lacking folding engraved map. Possibly the first work in China in English, this rare treatise on the supposed original language spoken by Adam and Eve, by the architect John Webb, a pupil of Inigo Jones. Harbsmeier notes that "Webb's contribution to Sinology is so important because he summarized what could be gleaned on the Chinese language from the published Western literature, and because he was the first to make a systematic book-length attempt to define the place of Chinese among the languages of the world...[and] to constructing out of these reports a case that Chinese was the original language of mankind before the building of the Tower of Babel." Wing W1202; ESTC R24606 Provenance: ?Charles II, King of Great Britain (his gilt addorsed cipher on the spine); C. Humphreys (signature on front free endpaper); Sir George Scott (acquisition note dated 5 May 1770 and faint pencil note of sale in another hand, Leigh and Sotheby, March 1781); William Vaughan ("Wm Vaughan" on title-page); University College London Library (stamps on A1v and P3r, duplicate stamp on verso of flyleaf); Robert S. Pirie (bookplate)

$7000.00

Grose's Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, revised and corrected, with the addition of numerous slang phrases, collected from tried authorities
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Grose's Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, revised and corrected, with the addition of numerous slang phrases, collected from tried authorities

By Egan, Pierce (ed.)

London: Printed for Sherwood, Neely and Jones Paternoster Row, 1823. First thus. Portrait frontispiece of Grose. xi, [246] pp. Marchant, printer. 1 vols. 8vo. Contemporary half blue cloth and boards, paper title label (rubbed), else a very nice copy, inner front hinge repaired. First thus. Portrait frontispiece of Grose. xi, [246] pp. Marchant, printer. 1 vols. 8vo. Francis Grose (1731-1791) was the lexicographer of the low life: his dictionary of vulgar and slang words, which appeared under several different titles, was the most complete of the eighteenth century, and appeared in numerous editions (including a facsimile reprint in 1968). It is interesting to note that some slang has been transformed by time into "normal" usage: freshman, lop-sided, lag; other has survived in slightly altered form: "to kid" (coax), "hidebound" (stingy); and much of it has disappeared entirely. Among the many examples of the latter are such gems as "Mousetrap: The parson's mousetrap; the state of matrimony", "Uphills: False dice that run high", "Scandal Broth: Tea", and "Lawful Blanket: A wife". Reading this book is like eating peanuts--once you begin, it's hard to stop. O'Neill G-44

$350.00

Lexicon rationale sive Thesaurus Philosophicus Ordine Alphabetico digestus, in quo Vocabula omnia Philosophica, variasque illorum acceptiones, juxta cùm Veterum, tùm Recentiorum placita, explicare; & universe quae lumine naturali sciri possunt, non tam concludere, quàm recludere conatur.In fine Operis exhibentur Figurae, quae variis Machinis, variisque etiam Naturae Phoenomenis explicandis inserviunt
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Lexicon rationale sive Thesaurus Philosophicus Ordine Alphabetico digestus, in quo Vocabula omnia Philosophica, variasque illorum acceptiones, juxta cùm Veterum, tùm Recentiorum placita, explicare; & universe quae lumine naturali sciri possunt, non tam concludere, quàm recludere conatur.In fine Operis exhibentur Figurae, quae variis Machinis, variisque etiam Naturae Phoenomenis explicandis inserviunt

By Chauvin, Étienne (1640-1725)

Amsterdam: Petrus vander Slaart, 1692. First Edition. Engraved title-page by A. Schoonebeek. With 30 fold out cooper plates. [756] pp. 1 leaf unsigned, **2, A-Z4, Aa-Zz4, Aaa-Zzz4, Zzz4, Zzz1, Aaaa-Zzzz4, Aaaaa2. 1 vols. Folio. Contemporary vellum. Fine. First Edition. Engraved title-page by A. Schoonebeek. With 30 fold out cooper plates. [756] pp. 1 leaf unsigned, **2, A-Z4, Aa-Zz4, Aaa-Zzz4, Zzz4, Zzz1, Aaaa-Zzzz4, Aaaaa2. 1 vols. Folio. Poggendorff, Biographisch Literarisches Handworterbuch Fur Mathematik V.1, 427; Zischka, Index Lexicorum 41; Roller-Goodman. 1, 225; Bibl. Dt. Mus., Libri Rari 67; Thorndyke Vol. VIII pp. 299-301

$1350.00

A Treatise on Language or the Relation which words bear to Things in four parts
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A Treatise on Language or the Relation which words bear to Things in four parts

By Johnson (1786-1867), A.[lexander] B.[ryan]

New York: Harper & Brothers, 1836. The original dedition was published in 1828 and revised in 1836. 1 vols. 8vo. Original cloth, paper label, top of spine repaired. Booklabel of the Library of the University Institute, with withdrawal stamp. The original dedition was published in 1828 and revised in 1836. 1 vols. 8vo. PRESENTATION COPY. With tipped in slip at front "From the Author/ A. B. Johnson esq./ of Utica/ N.Y."' Johnson was an Amewrican philosopher and banker. "Johnson asserted that language is "subordinate" to nature because there are not enough words to describe limitless experiences. To reconcile this inconsistency, he devised an operational method of studying the function of language, differentiating its "physical," "emotional," and "intellectual" components. He adapted his linguistic theory in writings on politics, economics, and morality. Ency. Brit.

$750.00

A Grammar of the English Language in a Series of Letters; intended for the use of Schools and of Young Persons in general, but more Especially for the Use of Soldiers, Sailors, Apprentices and Plough-Boys...To which are added Six Lessons intended to Prevent Statesmen from Using False Grammar and from Writing in an Awkward Manner
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A Grammar of the English Language in a Series of Letters; intended for the use of Schools and of Young Persons in general, but more Especially for the Use of Soldiers, Sailors, Apprentices and Plough-Boys...To which are added Six Lessons intended to Prevent Statesmen from Using False Grammar and from Writing in an Awkward Manner

By Cobbett, William

London: Published by A. Cobbett, 1824. Sixth edition (First was 1818). 1 vols. 8vo. Boards, uncut, new leather spine.VG. Sixth edition (First was 1818). 1 vols. 8vo. Letter Writing for Statesmen and Sailors.

$200.00

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