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    Rare First Edition Of Adam Littleton's Latin Dictionary

    Adam Littleton. Linguae Latinae Liber Dictionarius Quadripartitus. A Latine dictionary, in four parts. I. An English-Latine. II. A Latine-classical. III. A Latine-proper. IV. A Latine-barbarous. Wherein the Latine and English are adjusted, ... particularly, 1. In the English-Latin, more words and proprieties of our language, as now spoken, are set down, ... 2. In the Latine-classick, the etymologies, significations, and phrases are fully and plainly, yet briefly, discoursed; together with the several kinds and constructions of the verbs ... 3. In the Latine-proper, the expressions of story, ... with two mapps, one of Italy, another of old Rome. 4. In the Latine-barbarous, those words which through mistake of writing ... or by ignorance or boldness of later authors have crept into the Latine, are exposed and expounded. ... Of all which several performances, together with considerable additions of new matter ... is given in the prefaces. Opera & studio Adami Littleton, S.T.D. Capellani Palatini. London: for T[homas] Basset , J[ohn]Wright and R[ichard] Chiswell , 1678. First edition. Two uniformly bound octavo volumes. ¹2,A4, (2)A--5D4; ¹2,A-2C4, 2D2, 2E-2L4, [2¹2 maps], (2)A-2X4, 6A-6E4,**2,6F4. [1344] pages. Two engraved frontispieces, [same] by Robert White; tables, 2 full-page maps (Italia Vetus & Roma Antiqua). Contemporary red paneled morocco, spines extra gilt with floral designs, edges rubbed, two endcaps chipped, all edges gilt.; marbled paper paste-downs, title pages ruled in red; some old notes and underlines; leaf Aaa1 with short tape repaired tear; ownership signature of "Edward Henry Litchfield, 1678" on front free endpaper. of volume II. Occasional foxing, light browning, marginal stains at end of volume II,Thick fine paper copy. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    "Adam Littleton (1627-1694), Church of England clergyman and philologist...Alongside his active preaching schedule, Littleton maintained his philological research and in 1678 published Linguae Latinae liber dictionarius quadripartitus, a huge Latin dictionary, which was published at least four times by his death, and several more times in the eighteenth century..." {Oxford DNB]. "Dictionarium Latino-Barbarum." has separate title page, with imprint "typis J.C. impensis Johannis Wright, & Richardi Chiswel. MDCLXXVII. [1676]. RLIN describes another issue with a differing collation ESTC r24011 no preference is given but as ours has the more complex collation it is probable that it preceded the other. Wing L2563.ESTC r40012.Cordell 220.



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