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An Universal European Dictionary of Merchandise - NEMNICH, Philipp Andreas - 1799. 
Finely engraved title. v, ,  pp. Large 4to, fine cont. English speckled calf (boards a little warped), flat spine gilt, blue morocco lettering piece on spine. London: J. Johnson et al., 1799. First edition, a re-working for the English market of the author's Waaren-Lexicon, originally published in Hamburg in 1797. This is an invaluable dictionary of commerce and goods, providing translations in twelve languages. Nemnich (1764-1822), was the author of a number of encyclopedic dictionaries and accounts of his travels in Europe and Great Britain in which he reported especially on industry and trade. Divided into two main sections, the first part provides English words and terms which are translated in German, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian (in Roman transliteration), and Polish. The second part comprises short dictionaries in these languages, plus Latin, with English translations. As an example of the incredible range and detail, we find translations for the these words: bungs, cane heads, emetic tartar, fulminating gold, groats, haberdashery wares, lip-glue, pistachio nuts, Prussian blue, sail cloth, smalt, thimbles, etc., etc. (along with thousands of more common words). A very fine and handsome copy. ? Alston, II, 133.
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