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MINSHEU, JOHN
[Title in Greek] id est, ductor in linguas, the guide into the tongues ... with their agreement and consent with one another, as also their etymologies, the resons or derivations of all or the most part of wordes, in these eleven languages, viz. 1. English. 2. British or Welsh. 3. Low Dutch. 4. High Dutch. 5. French. 6. Italian. 7. Spanish. 8. Portuguese. 9. Latine. 10. Greeke. 11. Hebrew, &c. which are so laid together (for the help of memory) that any one with ease and facility, may not only remember 4. 5. or more of these languages so laid together, but also their etymologies..
London: Joannem Browne, 1617. First edition, folio, [16], 543, [1], [187]; title within woodcut border, text in double and quadruple column, with the separately paginated Vocabularium Hispanico Latinum et Anglicanum bound in with a separate title-p. at the back, as issued; 19th century quarter brown calf over green speckled marbled paper boards. maroon morocco label on spine; some rubbing but generally good and sound. Contained in a red morocco solander box, rubbed. The preferred first edition, which included two languages, Welsh and Portuguese, dropped from all later editions. "This great lexicon is of great value as a dictionary of Elizabethan English; it is also in all probability the first English book printed by subscription" (DNB). The separately-issued subscriber's list is not present with this copy, however. Vancil, p. 165; Alston II, 103; STC 17944 & 17949.
Bookseller: Rulon-Miller Books [U.S.A.]
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