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Islamic Manuscript in Turkish
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Islamic Manuscript in Turkish

[Ottoman Empire, n.d., 19th century]. Ink on paper, with floral gilt headpiece, text in 11 lines, black naskhi script, vocalized, marking letters and chapter headings in red, occasional words highlighted in red, within gilt borders, catchwords. 114 pp. 8vo. Oxblood leather gilt Islamic binding, boards with gilt central mandorla within gilt roll border, fore edge guard. Minor traces of rubbing; occasional smudges to a couple of lines, clean and legible throughout. Very good. Ink on paper, with floral gilt headpiece, text in 11 lines, black naskhi script, vocalized, marking letters and chapter headings in red, occasional words highlighted in red, within gilt borders, catchwords. 114 pp. 8vo. Handsome manscript theological and philosophical treatise in Turkish.

$1000.00

The Oriental Linguist, an Easy and Familiar Introduction to the Popular Language of Hindoostan ; [Vulgarly, But Improperly Called the Moors:] Comprising the Rudiments of That Tongue, With an Extensive Vocabulary, English and Hindoostanee, and Hindoostanee and English: Accompanied With Some Plain And Useful Dialogues, Tales, Poems, &c., To Illustrate the Construction And Facilitate the Acquisition of the Language. To Which Is Added, For the Accommodation of the Army, the English and Hindoostanee Part of the Articles of War (From Col. William Scott's Translation,) With Practical Notes and Observations
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The Oriental Linguist, an Easy and Familiar Introduction to the Popular Language of Hindoostan ; [Vulgarly, But Improperly Called the Moors:] Comprising the Rudiments of That Tongue, With an Extensive Vocabulary, English and Hindoostanee, and Hindoostanee and English: Accompanied With Some Plain And Useful Dialogues, Tales, Poems, &c., To Illustrate the Construction And Facilitate the Acquisition of the Language. To Which Is Added, For the Accommodation of the Army, the English and Hindoostanee Part of the Articles of War (From Col. William Scott's Translation,) With Practical Notes and Observations

By [Gilchrist, John Borthwick]

Calcutta: Printed by Thomson, Ferris, and Greenway, 1798. [A]-C,[*],b-c,B-2K,[**],C-E,2L-2O. Pp. [4], ix, [x, blank], [2, advertisement and addenda], [xi]-xviii, 160 [of 162] pp. 1 vols. Small folio. Old calf. Title page with old repair to margins and gutter, some marginal worming, first and last few leaves rough at edges. [A]-C,[*],b-c,B-2K,[**],C-E,2L-2O. Pp. [4], ix, [x, blank], [2, advertisement and addenda], [xi]-xviii, 160 [of 162] pp. 1 vols. Small folio. Lacking the last leaf of music (supplied in photocopy facsimile from the Ferris and Greenway setting, where this appears as pp. 162-3). Fascinating early dictionary and handbook of Hindustani (Urdu). Shaw 334. OCLC: 839404249 (ULB Sachsen Anhalt); ESTC T96803 (BL, Kongelige Bibliotek, Copenhagen)

$2750.00

The Camper's Guide to Quebec "Bush" French
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The Camper's Guide to Quebec "Bush" French

By Foss, Wilson P., Jr., Compiler

Conti Portneuf, Quebec: Triton Fish and Game Club, 1957. [iv], 40, [2, index], [2, blank] pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Original green wrappers titled in black. Spine faintly toned, else fine. [iv], 40, [2, index], [2, blank] pp. 1 vols. 8vo. A Dictionary for the Wilderness. Rare practical guide and dictionary of bush French for the members of the prestigious Triton Club, with an additional glossary of montagnais Indian phrases and words. UNRECORDED. Not in OCLC

$750.00

Der Deutschen allgegenwärtiger englischer Sprachlehrer des Wortes Gottes, : welcher diese Sprache in Fragen und Antworten, auf eine ganz neue, kurze, leichte, deutliche und gründliche Art lehret. : Eingerichtet wie der allgegenwärtige deutsche Sprachlehrer des Wortes Gottes, nach der Ordnung der englischen Buchstabirbücher, und den Regeln der Sprachleher, zum Gebrauch der Schulen und zu Hause, für Lehrer und Schüler. Lehrend das Buchstabiren, Lesen und Sprechen. .
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Der Deutschen allgegenwärtiger englischer Sprachlehrer des Wortes Gottes, : welcher diese Sprache in Fragen und Antworten, auf eine ganz neue, kurze, leichte, deutliche und gründliche Art lehret. : Eingerichtet wie der allgegenwärtige deutsche Sprachlehrer des Wortes Gottes, nach der Ordnung der englischen Buchstabirbücher, und den Regeln der Sprachleher, zum Gebrauch der Schulen und zu Hause, für Lehrer und Schüler. Lehrend das Buchstabiren, Lesen und Sprechen. .

By Becker, Christian

Easton, (Pa.): Gedruckt bey C.J. Hütte, 1808. First edition. Frontis. woodcut. English and German in parallel columns. "Namen der Subscribenten ..." p. [3-8], 1st count. "Erklärung des Buchstabirtheils."--13 p., 2nd count. "Anweisung, wodurch man die englische Sprache hinterm Ofen oder in Schatten seines Baumes erlernen kann."--Xv p., 3rd count (even numbered pages on rectos). "Bekanntmachung."--Bookseller's advertisement, p. xv, 3rd count. Description: [13], 4-196, 13, xv p. 8vo. Quarter contemporary sheep and boards. VG. First edition. Frontis. woodcut. English and German in parallel columns. "Namen der Subscribenten ..." p. [3-8], 1st count. "Erklärung des Buchstabirtheils."--13 p., 2nd count. "Anweisung, wodurch man die englische Sprache hinterm Ofen oder in Schatten seines Baumes erlernen kann."--Xv p., 3rd count (even numbered pages on rectos). "Bekanntmachung."--Bookseller's advertisement, p. xv, 3rd count. Description: [13], 4-196, 13, xv p. 8vo.

$300.00

Beeton's Dictionary of Universal Information. Georaphy, Biography, and History. [and] Beeton's... Science, Art, and Literature
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Beeton's Dictionary of Universal Information. Georaphy, Biography, and History. [and] Beeton's... Science, Art, and Literature

By Beeton, S.O. (compiler)

London: Ward, Lock & Tyler, 1880. New Editions, enlarged. Profusely illustrated with hundreds of engravings; second volume with 7 colored lithographed maps. 4 vols. Thick 8vo. Three quarter red morocco and red cloth, marbled endpapers and edges. Handsome set. New Editions, enlarged. Profusely illustrated with hundreds of engravings; second volume with 7 colored lithographed maps. 4 vols. Thick 8vo. Profusely Illustrated. Fine set of this wonderfully illustrated encycopedia.

$400.00

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. Lacking plates. 12 vols. 8vo. Bound in half contemporary brown calf, gilt spines, marbled boards and edges, lacking plates, else very good. First edition. Lacking plates. 12 vols. 8vo.

$300.00

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

Eskimoisches Wörterbuch, gesammelt von den Missionaren in Labrador ..
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Eskimoisches Wörterbuch, gesammelt von den Missionaren in Labrador ..

By Erdmann, Friedrich

Budissin: Ernst Moritz Monse, 1864. First edition. iv, 360; 242 pp. 2 vols. 8vo. Quarter black-dyed sheep and patterned paper over boards. First edition. iv, 360; 242 pp. 2 vols. 8vo. The first dictionary of the Labrador Eskimos. This is the first dictionary of the Labrador Eskimos, compiled by Erdmann who was a missionary in the area. He would go on to translate and print sections of the Bible in the same language. There is a two page introduction discussing orthography and Inuktitut grammar. The second volume of this set is rare on the market, no copies of it are located on auction records. Choice set with an excellent provenance. It was formerly owned by pilot and surveyor Robert Archibald Logan, who accompanied Arctic veteran Jozeph-Elezart Bernier on his 1922 Eastern Arctic expedition to establish posts at Craig Harbour on Ellesmere Island and Pond Inlet on Baffin Island. Indeed, he has inscribed the second volume: "Ellesmere Island. Latitude 76 20 N 27/8/22.". Cf. Howgego III, B17; Pilling, Bibliography of the Eskimo Language, p. 30; Zaunmueller, 121

$8000.00

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

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