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Glossaire Nautique.
Paris: Firmin Didot Frères, , 1848. Repertoire Polyglotte de Terms de Marine Anciens et Modernes. 2 volumes quarto (274 × 208 mm). Contemporary sheep-backed marbled boards. Illustrations in the text. Slightly rubbed, spines mildly scuffed and with some splitting, skilfully repaired, somewhat browned, as usual, but overall a very good set. First edition. Jal was a member of the French naval historical section, becoming official historiographer and eventually head of the archives. This universal marine dictionary was a labour of love, absorbing much of Jal's time for over 6 years, winning him the prestigious Prix Gobert of the Académie Française. "This work contains in one alphabetical sequence words from Latin, Greek, Modern Greek, French, Old French, Italian, Portuguese, Swedish, Dutch, Breton, Genoese, Basque, Catalan, Maltese, and other dialects and tongues; comparatively little in English, German and Russian; monumental work, with full definitions, not mere equivalents" (Craig). It is probably most comprehensive marine dictionary ever produced.
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