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BROOKES, Richard, & Joseph Collyer. A Dictionary of the World: or, a geographical description of the Earth: with an historical and biographical account of its principal inhabitants. From the Earliest Ages to the Present Time.
London : 1772First edition of this geographical and biographical dictionary, surprisingly scarce for such a large and compendious work, with ESTC listing only nine copies in institutions, three in the UK, one in Ireland, and five in America. Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 127477
JOHNSON, Samuel. A Dictionary of the English Language:
London : 1755First edition. The creation of the dictionary was Johnson's greatest literary labour. Helped by a succession of needy amanuenses who worked in the surprisingly spacious garret of his house in Gough Square, he experienced the death of his mother and underwent agonies of procrastination before finally completing the task in his 46th year. Boswell called... Learn More£22,500.00
Stock Code: 90616
BARETTI, Joseph. A Dictionary of the English and Italian Languages.
London : 1760First 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... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 131203
JOHNSON, Samuel. A Dictionary of the English Language:
London : 1755First edition of this most famous of English dictionaries. This work has at various times been called "the most important British cultural monument of the eighteenth century" (Hitchings); "the only dictionary of the English language compiled by a writer of the first rank" (Robert Burchfield); "the most amazing, enduring and endearing one-man feat in... Learn More£18,500.00
Stock Code: 87924
KHANSAHEB, Ishwarlal P. & Tribhuvan J. Sheth. Hints on the Study of Gujarati.
Bhaga Talao, Surat : 1913Fourth edition, first published 1900, still in print in a tenth edition in 1938. Fairly uncommon, WorldCat locates 19 copies worldwide, but just 4 locations in the UK, BL, SOAS, Oxford, TCD. "There is no denying the fact that many forces are at work at the present day, towards the development and cultivation of Indian vernaculars. What with our significant... Learn More£65.00
Stock Code: 98303
DOOLITTLE, Rev. Justus. Vocabulary and Hand-book of the Chinese Language.
Foochow : 1872First edition of this comprehensive English-to-Chinese vocabulary phrase book. Rev. Justus Doolittle (1824-1880) was a US missionary, Chinese scholar and numismatist who wrote extensively on Chinese culture and religion, publishing a number of articles in the China Mail. This work features an expansive English-to-Chinese dictionary in volume I, and... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 129232
BOURDÉ [DE VILLEHUET, Jacques]. Manuel des Marins, ou Explication des Termes de Marine.
Lorient : 1773First edition. Born in St. Malo in 1732, Bourdé spent his entire career in the employ of the Compagnie des Indes based at Lorient. His reputation was made by the publication in 1765 of Le Manoeuvrier, which he had submitted for the approbation of the Academie des Sciences. An English translation was published in 1788 and Bourdé joined... Learn More£1,800.00
Stock Code: 42930
BUYS, Egbert. A New and Complete Dictionary of Terms of Art.
Amsterdam : 1768-9First edition of this scarce and rather eccentric technical dictionary with definitions in English and Dutch. A broad spectrum of subjects is covered, including architecture and applied arts, botany and mathematics, law, military and naval terms, heraldry, ancient history, alongside archaisms and obscure vocabulary drawn from Chaucer, Milton and Shakespeare.... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 128721
PERCEVAL, Richard; & John Minsheu. A Dictionarie in Spanish and English,
London : 1599First 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... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 138829
CHAMBERS, Ephraim. Cyclopaedia: or, an universal dictionary of arts and sciences;
London : 1738Second edition of the first true general encyclopaedia, originally published in 1728. Partly adapting the work of Louis Moreri and Pierre Bayle, Chambers included more of the humanities and introduced cross-references, an innovation which proved indispensable to every subsequent lexicographer. Dean Stanley later described Chambers as "the Father of... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 128696
MANDELA, Nelson. A Dictionary of South African English on Historical Principles.
Oxford : 1996First edition, number 66 of 100 copies signed on the title page by Nelson Mandela, in his capacity as Founder and Chairperson of the Nelson Mandela's Children's Fund. The book is the culmination of over three decades' work towards a thoroughly historical dictionary of South African English, published by the Oxford University Press. Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 105442
SAVARY, Jacques. Dictionnaire universel de commerce:
Paris : 1723-30First edition, complete with the supplementary volume, of the first commercial dictionary, produced by the two sons of Jacques Savary, author of Le Parfait Négociant. Savary wrote on commercial topics with considerable authority in that he made a large fortune through commerce. He suffered both politically and financially from the disgrace of Fouquet... Learn More£6,750.00
Stock Code: 89895
RAY, John. A Collection of English Words not Generally used,
London : 1674First edition, "the earliest attempt to gather, interpret and discuss the remnants of older and local language as a contribution not only to the better understanding of the provincial communities, but to those antiquarian studies which were leading men to a knowledge of the Anglo-Saxon and Celtic tongues" (Raven). This copy of the issue with a comma... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 90721