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O Novo Guia da Conversação em Portuguez e Inglez
Paris: J-P Aillaud, Monlon, 1855. Square duodecimo. (viii), 182pp. First edition. Ostensibly published as an English phrase book for Portuguese speakers, this work became one of the classic sources of unintentional humor under its better-known English-language title, English as She Is Spoke. The American edition of this work bore an Introduction by Mark Twain, who surmised that part of the problem with this book is that the authors did not know any English. A quick survey of the various entries confirms that the compiler of the phrases was likely using a dictionary, resulting in such tortured sentences as "there is it two years what my father is dead." Originally issued in wrappers, this copy has been bound in contemporary full calf with a simple double-fillet border on both covers and decorative tooling on the turn-ins; spine gilt in five compartments and with a black morocco lettering piece. A.e.g. Binding shows few minor nicks along outer front hinge. Occasional light internal spotting throughout, else a near fine copy.
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Last Found On: 2013-07-26           Check availability:      Biblio    

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