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Glossographia; or A dictionary interpreting hard words of whatsoever language, now used in our refined English tongue; with etymologies, definitions, and historical observations on the same. Also the terms of divinity, law, physick, musick, mathematicks, war, heraldry, and other arts and sciences explicated
London: printed by Thomas Newcomb, and to be sold by Tho. Flesher, 1681. Fifth edition "with many additions," 8vo, pp. [16], 712; text in double column; 20th-century three-quarter calf over marbled boards, burgundy gilt morocco spine label; title page fore-edge worn and chipped, not affecting text, crude tape repair to 1 1/2-inch tear to bottom edge; ownership signatures, dated 1705, of "Thos. Lane" on title page and repeatedly throughout; textblock very good and sound. First published in 1656, this work, which brought Blount nothing but his own satisfaction, was revised and enlarged by William Nelson in 1717 and adopted by Edward Philips in his New World of English Words published a year later. Starnes & Noyes, p. 46: "Blount is the first lexicographer of a purely English dictionary to attempt an etymology of words." He is also the first English lexicographer to cite authorities consulted. Wing B-3339; Alston V, 52; O'Neil B-150; Vancil, p. 26.
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