BARETTI, Joseph.

A Dictionary of the English and Italian Languages.

Improved and augmented with above Ten Thousand Words, omitted in the last Edition of Altieri. To which is added, An Italian and English Grammar.

London: printed for C. Hitch and L. Hawes, R. Baldwin, W. Johnston, W. Owen, [& 6 others in London], 1760 Stock Code: 131203
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Major English-Italian dictionary

First edition of this major English-Italian dictionary, inspired both by Baretti's adulation for Samuel Johnson and by his contempt for the previous English-Italian dictionary of Ferdinando Altieri, whom Baretti castigates in his preface for his ignorance and his "love of obscene words and phrases... as well as of scurrilous sayings and senseless proverbs in depreciation of the female sex". Samuel Johnson wrote the dedication for the work (though signed Baretti), which is dedicated to the Spanish Ambassador (Charles III of Spain's son ruled Naples and Sicily at the time). Baretti's work was very successful, being reprinted numerous times, even into the 20th century. Johnson's dedication was reprinted in the second edition but thereafter was removed. A second issue with J. Richardson alone on the title page is also known, with unknown priority.

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2 volumes, quarto (259 x 201 mm). Contemporary red sheep, spines lettered in gilt and richly gilt to compartments.


Expert repair to foot of spine and joints of vol. I, front free endpaper of vol. I loosening a little, title pages a little creased, sporadic light creasing and faint foxing, rear endpapers of vol. I chipped, a little closely cropped at head without impinging on text. A very attractive copy with little wear.


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