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A GAELIC DICTIONARY, IN TWO PARTS: I. GAELIC AND ENGLISH. - II. ENGLISH AND GAELIC; IN WHICH THE WORDS, IN THEIR DIFFERENT ACCEPTATIONS ARE ILLUSTRATED BY QUOTATIONS FROM THE BEST GAELIC WRITERS . WITH A SHORT HISTORICAL APPENDIX OF ANCIENT NAMES, DEDUCED FROM THE AUTHORITY OF OSSIAN AND OTHER POETS: TO WHICH IS PREFIXED, A NEW GAELIC GRAMMAR.
London: Printed for James Duncan [et al], 1825. - xvi,lxx,1029,[1]pp. Large, thick quarto. Recent three quarter calf and marbled boards, raised bands, gilt labels, a.e.g. Relatively unobtrusive perforated stamp of a defunct mercantile library in title and last leaf, first few leaves of the dictionary proper show some marginal foxing/spotting, terminal leaf a bit frayed at margin, with small chip and tear at top of gutter, but overall, a good, sound copy. First edition. Armstrong's "great work . This was the first Gaelic dictionary published, as there previously existed only vocabularies of the language like those of Shaw and others. It is a most meritorious work, the affinities of the Celtic words being traced in most of the languages of ancient and modern times. To it is prefixed a Gaelic grammar, and there is a short historical appendix of ancient names, deduced from the authority of Ossian and other poets. Armstrong's dictionary will always be prized by Gaelic scholars, but it was partially eclipsed, three years after its appearance, by the publication of the still more comprehensive ‘Dictionarium Scoto-Celticum,’ compiled under the direction of the Highland Society of Scotland (2 vols. 4to, 1828). Mr. Armstrong sank his small fortune in the publication of his three-guinea quarto, and in a pecuniary sense he was a considerable loser by its publication" - DNB.
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