One of the First Important Scholarly Works
Job Ludolph. [Ethiopic text:] Lexicon
Aethiopico-Latinum ex omnibus libris impressis, nonnullisque
manuscriptis collectum; et cum docto quodam Æthiope relectum.
Accessit authoris Grammatica, cum aliis nonnullis, quorum catalogum
sequens pagina exhibebit. London: Thomas Roycroft, 1661.
First editions. Three parts in one quarto volume. Π2, a*2, A-2N4,
a-e4; [-*2, A2] B-K4, L2; A-B4. , 560 columns, ; 76; 
pages. Lacks preliminaries of second work, gathering A6, otherwise
complete. Title page in red and black (registration a little off),
head-pieces, woodcut initials; printed in Roman and Ethiopic
letters. Later panelled calf, with intricate center panel design,
spine banded, title-label, old signatures of "Henrici Peckitt
[of York] Eboracensis" [Henry Peckitt was Apothecary to King
George, and the younger brother of William Peckitt the renowned
stain glass window artist. He was a patron of Emmanuel Swedenborg
(vide Amore Conjugalis)] and one other on title page, boards
rubbed and scuffed, front upper joint starting, title page browned
with minor chipping at edges, numerous annotations in a later hand,
front and rear pages creased or cockled, some edge darkening,
scattered foxing, otherwise in very good condition. From the
Krown & Spellman Collection.
on the Ethiopian Language
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Ludolph (1624-1704) learned orientalist, learned the basics of Ethiopic from Bochart. His interest in Abyssinia led him to try to form a political alliance between that remote country and the powers of Europe. He travelled to England in 1683 to promote his scheme. In the end the Abyssinians themselves defeated his purpose.
This work, which is found in separate parts, hence three "Wing" numbers, is one of the first important scholarly works on Ethiopian language. The Grammar is complete but lacks the separate title page and preliminaries. Wing L3465, 3466, 3467. ESTC r35407. Zaunmüller 3. Gay 2593. Fumagalli 1186.
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