Our shops are open and we are processing online, telephone and email orders as normal

PERCEVAL, Richard; & John Minsheu.

A Dictionarie in Spanish and English,

first published into the English tongue by Ric. Perciuale Gent. Now enlarged and amplified with many thousand words, as by this marke * to each of them prefixed may appeere; together with the accenting of every worde throughout the whole dictionarie, for the true pronunciation of the language, as also for the divers signification of one and the selfesame word: and for the learners ease and furtherance, the declining of all hard and irregular verbs; and for the same cause the former order of the alphabet is altered, divers hard and vncouth phrases and speeches out of sundry of the best authors explaned, with divers necessarie notes and especiall directions for all such as shall be desirous to attaine the perfection of the Spanish tongue. All done by John Minsheu professor of languages in London. Hereunto... is annexed an ample English dictionarie... by the same John Minsheu....

London: by Edm. Bollifant, 1599 Stock Code: 138829
Reserve Ask us a question

Elizabethan Spanish lessons

First edition thus, based on two textbooks of Spanish by Richard Perceval (or Percyvall), entitled Bibliotheca Hispanica (1591), the lexicon of which John Minsheu (1559/601627) considerably augmented. Minsheu "refers to hostility towards his work in certain quarters, but ensured the grant of a licence to print by applying successfully to the archbishop of Canterbury. The printers set to work, so hurriedly that Minsheu, who had retired to the country 'upon necessitie' (Dictionarie), was given no opportunity to read the proofs; consequently he promised his readers to publish a corrected and augmented version" (ODNB). Minsheu had settled in London as a language teacher and his Spanish dictionaries, of which there were eventually three, were primarily designed to make foreign-language learning easier for English speakers. Doubt has been cast on his scholarship in the light of his frequent plagiarisms, though this was common practice among 16th- and 17th-century lexicographers and he clearly acknowledges his debt to Perceval here.

Confused? Read our glossary


2 works issued together, single volume, folio (282 x 188 mm). Contemporary limp vellum, spine lettered in manuscripts, ties removed.


Issued with A Spanish Grammar, 1599, which has separate dated title page and pagination; register is continuous.


Vellum restored at foot of spine and front cover, front free endpaper backed, small paper repairs at outer corners of title, wormhole, mostly single, at centre throughout, touching letters, paper flaws at foot of 1st Kk3 (no loss), in Spanish Grammar corner torn from f2 not affecting text, and paper flaw at foot of m1 touching signature letter on recto only, these flaws minor, not detracting significantly from an excellent copy in contemporary limp vellum.


With the exception of framed items*, Peter Harrington offers free delivery on all UK orders of rare books, maps and prints placed through this website. Delivery to USA and the rest of the world is similarly free for orders over £200.

View Full Delivery Details



Established in 1969, Peter Harrington is one of the leading rare book firms in the world. It is a proud member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association – along with ILAB, the PBFA and Lapada – and from shops in Mayfair and Chelsea, London, sells rare books, prints and ephemera to customers across the world.

Email: mail@peterharrington.co.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7591 0220

ABA Antiquarian Bookseller Association ILAB International League of Antiquarian Booksellers LAPADA The Association of Art and Anatique Dealers PBFA Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association

Our Guarantee Page

Ask us a question


Contact us with details of the book you are interested in or selling and we will contact you

Sell Old Books Help me find a book