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The Rudiments of Grammar for the English-Saxon Tongue, first given in English: with an Apology For the Study of Northern Antiquities. Being very useful towards the understanding our ancient English poets, and other Writers.
Printed by W. Bowyer: And Sold by J. Bowyer and C. King 1715 - FIRST EDITION, title printed in red and black, 2 engraved head-pieces, one incorporating a portrait of Caroline of Ansbach (newly become Princess of Wales), 2 engraved initials, the second of which incorporates a portrait of the authoress (reproduced in ODNB), a trifle browned, a few scattered spots, pp. [viii], xxxv, 70, 4to, contemporary panelled calf, rebacked (by James Brockman), red edges, signature on flyleaf of William Turner Anchin, with some marginal notes by him, good ?In 1715 Elizabeth Elstob published her last book, The Rudiments of Grammar for the English-Saxon Tongue - the first grammar of Old English to be published in English. It is based, principally but not exclusively, on Hickes's authoritative grammar in the first volume of his Linguarum veterum septentrionalium thesaurus grammatico-criticus et archaeologicus (1703) and on the abridged version extracted from it by Edward Thwaites (1711), both of which are written in Latin. She prefaced The Rudiments with a passionate but well-documented apologia for Anglo-Saxon studies, directing her remarks against the indifference towards the subject as evidenced in the writings of Jonathan Swift, who sought to establish a language academy in England on the model of the Académie Française. Though small in size and only partly available in print Elizabeth Elstob's scholarly ?uvre is on a par with the best work produced in Anglo-Saxon studies at the beginning of the eighteenth century? (ODNB).William Turner Alchin (1790-1865), antiquary, was latterly the librarian at Guildhall Library. His notes here tend to be critical, acerbic even. (ESTC T72424; Alston iii 18; Maslen & Lancaster, Bowyer Ledgers, 234)
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