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[CORDIER, Mathurin]. STIRLING, John
Corderii Colloquiorum centuria selecta: or a select century of cordery's colloquies For the Use of Schools
London: Printed for the Author; and Sold by Thomas Astley, 1736. [2], iv, 150pp. Contemporary blind-ruled sheep. Extremities worn, some loss to head of spine, upper board nearly detached. FEP sprung, private library shelf-mark to verso of FFEP, very occasional contemporary manuscript annotations to text, small worm-trail to foot of gatherings D-E - touching text without loss to sense. The rare first edition of master of St. Andrew's School, Holborn, John Stirling's compilation of 100 colloquies by theologian, humanist, and pedagogian Mathurin Cordier (1479-1564). Selected with the intention of assisting 'the weak Capacities of young Beginners in the Latin Tongue', Stirling champions Cordier as 'His Colloquies were contrived to represent the various Scenes of Diversion and Study, and give the several Topics of School-Boys Conversation; that the Youth, in succeeding Ages, might be able, in so useful a Tongue, to express themselves properly in the like Circumstances'. The work reached a sixth edition by 1780. ESTC records copies at three locations in the British Isles (Cambridge, Oxford, and Sir John Soane's), and a further two in North America (Harvard and Illinois). ESTC N38053.. First edition. 8vo.
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