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COTGRAVE, Randle
A dictionarie of the French and English tongues
London, Adam Islip, 1611. FIRST EDITION. Folio. 484 unnumbered leaves, ff. 10, [ii]. [A] B-4N . [first and last leaf blank] Roman and Italic letter, double column. Title within elaborate woodcut border, text within single rule, historiated and floriated woodcut initials grotesque head and tail-pieces, “Gilbt. Garard” with price in contemporary hand on second fly leaf, “To Mr. Benj’n Hyett at Nicholas Hyetts, Boswell Court Carey Street” on first fly, a few folded corner ‘temoins’. Very light age yellowing. A fine copy, crisp and clean, in handsome contemporary calf, covers bordered with a triple blind rule, scrolled arabesque gilt stamped at centres, spine with raised bands, blind ruled in compartments, small fleurons gilt at centres, head and tail restored, extremities a little rubbed. A fine, and unusually fresh copy, in a contemporary binding of the first edition of Cotgrave’s important French dictionary; a delightful and fascinating volume in which robust Shakespearean English and Rabelaisian French are given full expression. “Randle Cotgrave’s Dictionarie of the French and English Tongues (London, 1611) is the most important French-English dictionary of the Renaissance. It was a popular work and went through five editions, laying the foundation for the compilations of Guy Miège and Abel Boyer. In 1632, Robert Sherwood added an English-French section, turning Cotgrave’s work into a bidirectional dictionary. Very little is known about the life of Randle Cotgrave. It is certain that he was a student under the Lady Margaret Foundation at St. John’s College, Cambridge Univer … [Click Below for Full Description]
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