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James Burnett; James Burnet
Of The Origin and Progress of Language
Edinburgh: J Balfour, 1774-1789 . Leather. Near Fine. 8.5" by 5.5". None. A beautifully restored set of Lord Monboddo's pioneering philological work. An astute analysis of the world's lexicon, and the evolution of language. A scarce work, particularly in such a lovely condition. Written by James Burnet/Burnett, Lord Monboddo. Burnett was the first to note that several languages create length words for simpler concepts. He proposed that in early languages clarity was imperative and the redundant extra syllables were added later. For this work, Monboddo studied languages of the European colonies including the Tahitians, Caribs, Eskimos, and Huron/Wyandot People. He compares the structure of their languages to European languages in addition to tracing the evolution of modern European language. There is a particular focus on ancient Greek. It is from this study that Monboddo drew his hypothesis which is now known as the 'single-origin hypothesis'. It is thought that he was the first to formulate this hypothesis. Many credit Burnet for anticipating the idea of natural selection which was later developed by Charles Darwin. With an errata leaf to volume V which also notes cancel leaves. Volumes I and III are stated second editions to their title pages. The ESTC notes that volumes I and III were reprinted as a 'second' edition in 1774 and 1786 as the publishers discovered they had not printed a sufficient number. Therefore some sets, alike to this, have mixed sets (Alston, ESTC no T42128). Volumes II, IV, and V are first editions. Volume I is dated 1774, Vol … [Click Below for Full Description]
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