(Architectural dictionary). A GLOSSARY OF TERMS USED in Grecian, Roman, Italian, and Gothic Architecture. London: Tilt, 1838. 8vo, viii, 144pp, 66 plates at the end bearing 400 woodcuts. Old half calf, black label lettered in gilt, a little worn but sound and clean. $150. ¶ Second edition revised and enlarged, of this useful anonymous compilation.
BARRERE, Albert. ARGOT AND SLANG. A New French and English Dictionary of the Cant Words, Quaint Expressions, Slang Terms and Flash Phrases used in the High and Low Life of Old and New Paris. London: Privately Printed at The Chiswick Press, 1887. Thick 8vo, lxxxiv, 496pp, printed in double column, etched frontispiece. Roxburghe calf, cloth boards, slightly rubbed. Bookplate of J.A. Jamieson. $400. ¶ First Edition, limited to 675 copies, this numbered 18 and signed by Barrere on a lithographic half-title. Includes extensive introductory material, with a list of authorities consulted, canting examples from the 15th to the 19th century, and the “Autobiography of a Thief in Thieves’ Language.” “Although the French words come first, the definitions, which are in English, contain thousands of English slang synonyms. Barrère was an authority on many canting songs in English and French. There is a bibliography” (Burke p.2, citing the 1889 re-issue). Kennedy 2996.
BARRERE, Albert. ARGOT AND SLANG, A New French and English Dictionary of the Cant Words, Quaint Expressions, Slang Terms and Flash Phrases used in the High and Low Life of Old and New Paris. New & Revised Edition. London: Whittaker, 1889. 8vo, lx, 483pp. Orig. cloth, rebacked, preserving orig. spotted backstrip. Very good. $150. ¶ First published in 1887, this is the only other edition. “Although the French words come first, the definitions, which are in English, contain thousands of English slang synonyms. Barrère was an authority on many canting songs in English and French. There is a bibliography” (Burke p.2, this edition only). Kennedy 2996.
BARRERE, Albert & Charles Leland. A DICTIONARY OF SLANG, JARGON & CANT, Embracing English, American, and Anglo-Indian Slang, Pidgin English, Gypsies’ Jargon and other Irregular Phraseology. London: George Bell & Sons, 1897. 2 vols, xix, 500; (4), 415pp. Orig. buckram. Very good set. $200. ¶ Revised edition, first issued in a limited edition in 1889-90. Includes Leland’s “Brief History of English Slang” in vol. one. “The dictionary includes many Americanisms, and many gypsy words thanks to Leland, who was a native of America, born in Philadelphia… (Burke p.2). BAL 11681. Black, Gypsy Bibl., 198. Cordell B-101. Kennedy 11988 & 12012.
BARTLETT, John Russell. A DICTIONARY OF AMERICANISMS. A GLOSSARY OF WORDS AND PHRASES, Usually Regarded as Peculiar to the United States. New York: Bartlett & Welford, 1848. 8vo, xxvii, 412pp. Orig. brown cloth, gilt and blind stamped, spine ends worn & tear at midsection, bookplate, otherwise very good. $450. ¶ First Edition, rare. “This was the first attempt to make a comprehensive dictionary of American speech, and it still holds front rank as a popular reference book in libraries” (Burke p.2-3). The Dictionary was the best known work of the antiquarian and bibliographer Bartlett, passing through four editions. He also wrote the Personal Narrative of Explorations and Incidents Connected with U.S. & Mexican Boundary Commission, and compiled the first catalogue of the John Carter Brown collection of early Americana. Cordell Collection B-107. Sabin 3738.
(Bullfighting). GONZALEZ, Angel Carmona. LEXICOLOGIA TAURINA CON SIMILIQUITRUQUI O Anda y Que Te Mate “El Tato.” Para Aficionados en General y Toreros en Particular. Madrid: (By the Author), [n.d., ca. 193?]. 8vo, 118pp. Photo-illus. wrappers, red and black lettering, milds age-toning, chip at spine head, otherwise very good. $45. ¶ First Edition. Lexicon to the language of bullfighting by the great torero Gonzales aka “Camisero.” Rare.
CHALMERS, Alexander, ed. THE GENERAL BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY: Containing an Historical and Critical Account of the Lives and Writings of the Most Emient Persons in Every Nation… A New Edition, revised and enlarged… London: Printed for J. Nichols et al., 1813. 32 vols, 8vo. Half calf, marbled boards. A very handsome set. $2000. ¶ Previously published in 11, 12, and 15 volumes, this expanded edition is so much improved and enlarged as to be virtually a new work. “No man ever edited so many works as Chalmers for the booksellers of London… But the work on which his fame as a biographer chiefly rests is his enlarged edition of the Biographical Dictionary… The preceding edition was augmented by 3934 additional lives, and of the remaining number 2176 were rewritten; while the whole was revised and corrected. The total number of articles exceeds nine thousand” (DNB).
COLLISON, Robert L. DICTIONARIES OF FOREIGN LANGUAGES, A Bibliographical Guide... New York: Hafner Publishing, 1955. 8vo, xviii, 210pp Blue cloth in dust jacket, very good. $30. ¶ First Edition.
DANTES, A. TABLES BIOGRAPHIQUES & BIBLIOGRAPHIQUES DES SCIENCES, DES LETTRES & DES ARTS… Paris: Delaroques Frères, Libraire du Ministère des Affaires Etrangères, 1866. 8vo, quarter calf, marbled boards. $150.
DEAK, Etienne and Simone. A DICTIONARY OF COLORFUL FRENCH SLANGUAGE AND COLLOQUIALISMS. New York: E.P. Dutton, (1961). 8vo, 209, (1), (2 ads)pp. Illus. wrappers, very good. $15. ¶ First Edition in English.
DELVAU, Alfred. DICTIONNAIRE EROTIQUE MODERNE Par un Professeur de Langue Verte…Nouvelle édition, revue, corrigée considérablement augmentée par l’auteur et enrichie de nombreuses citations. Paris: Cercle du Livre Precieux, 1960. 8vo, xvii, 362pp. Black moire silk with matching slipcase. Very good. $100. ¶ Modern reprint of the final edition. Delvau’s (1825-1867) erotic dictionary was first published in a small edition in 1864 and other editions appeared in 1874, 1875, and 1880. Delvau, journalist and author of various works on Parisian life, wrote this fascinating work which was first published secretly by the Count de Jules Gay. It provides insights into the argot of 19th century France with definitions for such terms as magasin de blanc, prunes de monsieur, and violon. Pia p.364.
(Dictionary). VOCABULARIUS GEMMA GEMMARUM. (Hagenaw: Henricus Gran [for] Joannis Rynman, 1512). 4to, 120 leaves, leaves within signature b out of order, those within signatures l & m out of order. Contemp. stiff vellum lettered on spine in black with rubrication, later endpapers. Some occasional contemp. ink markings markings, some light marginal staining, first signature & several others leaves with worming, light occasional soiling, otherwise a fine, tight copy. $1800. ¶ First supplemented edition of this early Latin-German dictionary, the true first having been printed in 1507. “Teutonico-Latinum” dictionaries had been printed from the end of the 15th century, but they had been, for the most part, dictionaries of the so-called “ink-horn” (i.e., difficult) words and excluded the easier ones. This edition of Gran’s Gemma Gemmarum seems to have been compiled, to some extent, in reaction to that trend in lexicography. Not only are simpler words included, but parts of speech and genders of nouns are indicated. Furthermore, the dictionary is followed by categorized lists of words, such as the names for different members of a family, and laws. These lists are followed by eight pages of addtional words appended to the work for the first time.
Henricus Gran, backed by Joannis Rynman, was distinguished as the first printer at Hagenau, his first publication there having been a work by the lexicographer and poet John Garland; he was also the first printer of the mystical works of the Hungarian Franciscan Oswaldus Pelbartus. Gran was so appreciative of Rynman, who was, at one time, an editor and typefounder, that he refers to him in the colophon as a circumspectus vir archibibliopola. STC German, p.337. Cordell p.170. Brunet IX, p.599. Not in NUC. Cf. Collison, A History of Foreign-Language Dictionaries.
Elphinstone, Sir Howard. ROAD TO SWAHILI. Nairobi: Highway Press, (1948). Sm 8vo, 94pp. Illus. wrappers, some creasing, mild rubbing, toning, otherwise very good. $25. ¶ Phrase book sponsored by the East African [Kenya] Women’s League highlights colonialism at its worst, concentrating primarily on basic grammar and pronunciation the better to give orders to and chide one’s African servants, i.e. Unacheloewa kila mara - “You are always late;” and a somewhat related phrase: Nimefunga choo siku mbili - “My bowels have not moved for two days.” Second edition, as rare as the first of 1946 is scarce.
ENDACOTT, Sydney J. AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINAL NATIVE WORDS and Their Meanings. Melbourne: Robertson & Mullens, 1944. Sm 8vo, 48pp. Plain wrappers, staple bound, printed dj, very good. $20. ¶ Fourth edition, all editions scarce.
FARMER, John S. AMERICANISMS OLD & NEW. A Dictionary of Words, Phrases and Colloquialisms Peculiar to the United States, British America, The West Indies, &c., &c. Together with Numerous Anecdotal, Historical, Explanatory, and Folk-Lore Notes… London: Privately Printed by Thomas Poulter & Sons, 1889. Large 8vo, xx, 564pp, printed in 2 colums. Orig. cloth backed boards to style, recent label. A very nice uncut copy with the engraved armorial bookplate of Moncure Biddle. $450. ¶ First Edition, numbered and signed on the title by the author (unspecified limitation). An important and authoritative compilation reflecting the expanding influence of American speech throughout the English-speaking world. Farmer adds a lengthy and impressive list of references, frequently citing passages from writers such as Twain, Lowell, Hawthorne, et al. Burke p.5. Cordell Collection F-12.
FOSS, Edward. Biographia Juridica. A BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF THE JUDGES OF ENGLAND From the Conquest to the Present Time 1066-1870. London: John Murray, 1870. Large 8vo, xv, 792pp. Contemp. half green morocco over green pebbled cloth, gilt lettering, raised bands, gilt dec. to spine extremes, gilt orn. compartments, marbled edges, mild wear, clean, near fine. $225. ¶ First Edition. Foss (1787-1870), founder and later president of the Incorporated Law Society, wrote this biographical dictionary, based upon original sources, to provide authoritative factual data to legal historians in a handy one volume work. It remains the authoritative reference to the subject.
GILES, Herbert. A GLOSSARY OF REFERENCE ON SUBJECTS CONNECTED WITH THE FAR EAST... Third Edition. Shanghai: Kelly & Walsh, 1900. 8vo, (4), 328pp. Quarter calf over ochre boards, gilt lettering at spine, marbled endpapers, light rubbing, top 1 inch spine darkened from adhesive, corners worn, mild marginal embrowning, owner sig. at title, otherwise a good, clean copy. $375. ¶ Third edition, first published in 1878, of this alphabetical glossary listing around 2000 terms. As noted in the preface, this “key to the shibboleth of Anglo-Chinese society” is in-part intended to assist in deciphering such pidgin dialect as “I’m dikk’ed to death! The khansamah has got chhutti, and the whole bangla is ulta-pulta.” One of the great modern scholars of Chinese language and literature, Herbert Allen Giles (1845-1935) authored a dictionary of Chinese along with numerous works on the classical writers and poets including Confucius, Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu. With Chinese characters accompanying the translations.
(Goncourt). FUCHS, Max. LEXIQUE DU “JOURNAL DES GONCOURT,” Contribution à l’Histoire de la Langue Française pendant la Seconde Moitié du XIXe Siècle. Paris: Edouard Cornély, 1912. 8vo, xxxii, 151pp. Orig. printed wrappers. Very good. $75. ¶ Lexicon of terms employed by the Goncourt brothers.
GRASSINEAU, James. A MUSICAL DICTIONARY. Containing a Full Explanation of all the Terms made use of in the Historical, Theoretical, and Practical Parts of Music: Also Explanations of the Doctrines of Ancient Music, and Mathematical and Philosophical Inquiries into the Nature of Sound with regard to Intervals, Concords, and Discords: Together with A full Description of all the various Kinds of Musical Instruments (not contained in any other Dictionary). London: Printed for J. Robson, 1769. 8vo, xii, 347, (1), 52pp, illus., 4 engraved plates (3 folding). Later calf, spine gilt. Hinges worn, good. $350. ¶ New Edition, “to which is added an Appendix, selected from the Dictionnaire de Musique of M. Rousseau: Containing All the New Improvements in Music since the first Publication of this Dictionary.” First published in 1740 (see Cordell B-205 under Sebastien de Brossard). “While Grassineau’s Dictionary awaits serious studies in textual criticism, it can be said to be the most important dictionary of music published in Britain until the translation of Rousseau’s. In 1769, after Grassineau’s death [in 1767], it was reissued with a separate appendix containing articles from Rousseau’s dictionary; the editor is unknown” (New Grove). OCLC records 5 copies.
GREENWOOD, James. THE LONDON VOCABULARY, English and Latin: Put into a New Method… Eighteenth Edition Corrected. London: Printed for J.F. and C. Rivington [et al.], 1782. 16mo, viii, 123, (1)pp, 26 wooducts in the text. Old marbled wrappers, title leaf loose, otherwise very good. $250. ¶ A popular school dictionary by the Surmaster of St Paul’s; the Latin vocabulary went through some 21 editions in the eighteenth century and was printed in America as late as 1816. Not in Cordell.
(Grove’s). GROVE’S DICTIONARY OF MUSIC AND MUSICIANS. New York: Macmillan, 1937. 6 vols, 8vo, orig. cloth, light wear, damp stain to backcover of one volume, otherwise very good. $150. ¶ The third edition, edited by H.C. Colles, together with the American Supplement volume edited by Waldo Selden Pratt and Charles n. Boyd.
GUTBIER, Aegidius. LEXICON SYRIACUM. Continens Omnes N.T. Syriaci Dictiones et Particulas Cum Spicilegio Vocum Quarundam Peregrinarum, & in Quibusdam Tantum N.T. Codicibus Occurrentium... [bound with his] NOTAE CRITICAE IN NOVUM TESTAMENTUM SYRIACUM... Hamburg: Typis & Sumptibus Gutbirianis, 1667. 12mo, (14), 146, (46 index), (16 appendix), (2), 55pp. Cont. calf, red & gilt label on spine, all edges washed red, unobtrusive library stamps, light wear to extremities, foxing throughout, otherwise a very good copy. $500. ¶ First Edition. Aegidius Gutbier (1617-1667) was named professor of Oriental languages at Hamburg in 1652, professor of Philosophy in 1660, and doctor of theology at the University of Giessen in the same year. His magnum opus, the Syriac version of the New Testament with vocalization points was published in 1663. Gutbier’s Lexicon Syriacum remained popular well into the 19th century, being reprinted as recently as 1890. The Notae Criticae provides varient readings of the Syriac New Testament from the best manuscripts in Verona, England and Paris. Scarce. NUC notes 3 copies. Not in Brunet, Orme, etc.
HAMILTON, A.W. MALAY PROVERBS. Bidal Melayu. Sydney: Australasian Publishing Co., 1947. 8vo, 107pp, frontispiece. White and brown patterned boards, brown lettered, very good. $30. ¶ Traditional Malayan adages in English on versos, with the Malay on rectos. Third edition.
HEARN, Lafcadio. “GOMBO ZHÈBES.” LITTLE DICTIONARY OF CREOLE PROVERBS. Selected from Six Creole Dialects. Translated into French and into English, with Notes, Complete Index to Subjects and Some Brief Remarks Upon the Creole Idioms of Louisiana. New York: Will H. Coleman, Publisher, 1885. 8vo, 42pp,  leaves ads. Original brick red cloth stamped in gold, silver & black, rubbing to spine, otherwise very good. $450. ¶ First Edition, without the dampstaining often marring copies of this title. Even at the time of Hearn’s writing, the origins of “gombo literature” were somewhat obscure, but the 352 proverbs, or “gumbo herbs,” derive from various African, French, and Creole dialects spoken in New Orleans, Haiti, Martinique, Mauritius, and Trinidad. The word Gombo was used in a derogatory way by Creoles themselves to describe elder Creoles whose dialects were more African than French. Zhebes was a corruption of zhairbes (or file), the mixture of vegetables and spices that define a good gumbo. BAL 7914. Perkins pp. 6-7.
HOOPER, Robert. LEXICON-MEDICUM; or Medical Dictionary; Containing an Explanation of the Terms in anatomy, botany, chemistry, materia medica, midwifery, mineralogy, pharmacy, physiology, practice of physic, surgery, and the various branches of natural philosophy connected with medicine. London: Longman, Rees, Orme, Borwn, and Green, 1831. Thick 8vo, vi, 1311pp. Old half calf, marbled boards, some rubbing, front hinge cracked, lacking half-title, internally very good. $135. ¶ Sixth Edition, Considerably Improved. Hooper (1773-1835) “was a successful London Physician whose writings included works on botany, anatomy, and epidemiology. His medical dictionary was the most popular of the day, passing through numerous English and American editions” (Eimas). Heirs of Hippocrates 1276 (1st ed., London, 1799); Munk's Roll, III, p. 29; Waller 4877 (5th ed., London, 1835).
HOTTEN, John Camden THE SLANG DICTIONARY: Or the Vulgar Words, Street Phrases, and “Fast” Expressions of High and Low Society. Many with their Etymology, and a Few ith their History Traced. London: John Camden Hotten, 1869. 8vo, xxxi, (3), 305, (1), (6, 24 ads)pp, frontis. map of the begging district. Orig. green cloth gilt, recased, hinges repaired, very good. $250. ¶ Third edition, three times the size of the first edition of 1859. Includes the prefaces to the first and second editions, and a 64pp history of slang and cant and a bibliography of Slang, Cant, and Vulgar literature. Burke 6-7 & 61. Cordell Collection H-57. This ediiton not in Kennedy; not found in NUC.
HUMOUR FRANÇAIS, L’Academy de l’ DICTIONNAIRE HUMORISTIQUE DE LA MEDECINE Par… Paris: Editions de la Tournelle, 1939. 8vo, 171, (1)pp, cover and numerous text designs by Joseph Hemard. Illus. wrappers, loss at spine head and tail, some age-toning, otherwise near very good. $45. ¶ FIrst Trade Edition.
JACOB, Giles. THE NEW LAW-DICTIONARY: Containing the Interpretation and Definition of Words and Terms used in the Law… London: Printed by Henry Lintot…, 1750. Folio, unpaginated, contemp. full calf, joints cracked but sound, spine end worn. Good copy. $675. ¶ Sixth edition, with the Law Proceedings translated into English and numerous other additions. Jacob’s (1686-1744) intention was to state the whole of the law, and produce a work far different from previous dictionaries. In this he was largely successful and Holdsworth called his work “an entirely new departure in legal history”. It combines the virtues of a dictionary, an abridgment, and a vocabulary of Anglo-Saxon and Norman French. The first edition appeared in 1729. Not in Marke.
JOHNSON, Samuel. A DICTIONARY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE… With Numerous Corrections and with the Addition of Several Thousand Words… by Rev. H.J. Todd. London: Printed for Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, & Green, 1827. 3 vols, thick 4to, engraved frontispiece of Johnson. Contemp. half calf, marbled boards, light wear. Very good. $850. ¶ Second Todd edition, with additions to the History of the Language, and to the Grammar. Cordell Collection J-160. Courtney & Smith p.59-60.
LEMPRIERE, John. A CLASSICAL DICTIONARY… London: Printed for T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1809. 8vo, xxxii, (approx 800)pp. Old calf, rebacked, somewhat rubbed. $100. ¶ Eleventh Edition, Corrected.. First issued in 1788, Lempriere’s (1765?-1824) classical dictionary was “the first of a new kind of manual: the rendering of a body of knowledge not easily accessible in any other form into a series of alphabetical articles for the use of those who lack the time or the learning to seek out the sources.… Lempriere’s dictionary has been frequently re-edited and its accuracy has been greatly improved, although its original style, always lively and usually readable…has been largely preserved… Keats owned a copy…one can sometimes even see the genesis of his lines in Lempriere’s humble but lively prose” PMM 236.
LITTLETON, Adam. DR ADAM LITTLETON’S LATIN DICTIONARY, in Four Parts: I. An English-Latin. II. A Latin-Classical. III. A Latin-Proper. IV. A Latin-Barbarous... London: D. Brown... 1723. 4to, ca.2000pp, engraved frontispiece, but apprently lacking the 2 maps called for on the title. Old burlap over boards. Very good. $150. ¶ Fifth edition of one of the most famous Latin dictionaries. Starnes, Renaissance Dictionaries, devotes a chapter to Littleton’s Latin Dictionary.
MARCH, Francis Andrew & Franic Andrew March Jr. A THESAURUS OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE. Philadelphia: Historical Publishing Co., 1917. Thick 4to, xvi, 1189, 102pp, thumb-indexed. Later black buckram. Very good copy. $100. ¶ With the supplement “Our English Speech, a Study of its Origin, History, Roots and Derivations...”
MIGNE, [Jacques-Paul] L’Abbe DICTIONNAIRE DE LA TRADITION PONTIFICALE, PATRISTIQUE ET CONCILIAIRE, Ou Repertoire Générale et Particulier, Par Ordre Alphbétique, des Points du Dogme, de la Morale et de la Discipline, Presentant Ainsi Les Principales Autorités de la Tradition Catholique Dans des Series de Textes Tirés des Saints Pères, des Conciles, des Constitutions, des Lettres et des Jugements des Souverains Pontifes, Classés Suivant L’Ordre Logique et Chronologique, Afin de Présenter le Développement de la Tradition, Suivant la Succession des Temps.Ouvrage Utile aux Théologiens, aux Prédicateurs, aux Controversistes, aux Catachistes, Qui Ont Besoin de Puiser aux Sources les Preuves de l’Enseignement Catholique; par les Abbés J.-C. Poussin et J.-C. Ganier. Paris: M. J.-P. Migne aux Ateliers Catholiques, 1855. 2 vols in 1, 4to, xxiv pp, 1252, 1676 col. Half calf over brown cloth, gilt lettered, backstrip with cracks to leather, front joint broken but holding, internally clean, overall good. Introduction in French, text in Latin. $250. ¶ Dictionary of traditional Catholic dogma includes entries on demons, satan, circumcision, intemperance, idolotry, astrology, concupiscence, etc. Jacques-Paul Migne (1800-1875) was ordained priest in 1824 but found his calling as a major printer and publisher of theological literature so moderate in price that they would meet with wide circulation and thus further earnest and scientific study in ecclesiastical circles. Catholic Encyclopedia X, pp.290-291.
MILLER, Philip and Thomas Martyn. THE GARDENER’S AND BOTANIST’S DICTIONARY; Containing the Best and Newest Methods of Cultivating and Improving the Kitchen, Fruit, and Flower Garden, andm Nursery; of Performing the Practical Parts of Agriculture; of Managing Vineyards, and of Propagating All Sorts of TImber Trees. By the Late…To Which Are Now First Added, A Complete Enumeration and Description of All Plants Hitherto Known, With Their Genetic and Specific Characters, Places of Growth, Times of Flowering, and Uses Both Medicinal and Economical. The Whole Corrected and Newly Arranged, With the Addition of All the Modern Improvements in Landscape Gardening, and the Culture of Trees, Plants, and Fruits, Particularly in the Various Kinds of Hot Houses and Forcing Frames: With Plates Explanatory Both of Them, and the Principles of Botany. By Thomas Martyn. London: F.C. and J. Rivington, J. Johnson, et al, [1795-] 1807. 2 vols bound in 4, folio, 19 engraved plates. Full contemp. calf, blind-tooled decorative borders, marbled endpapers, nicely rebacked, gilt morocco labels, corners strengthened, very nice set indeed. $3250. ¶ First Edition edited and amplified by Martyn. Miller (1691-1771), a commercial florist at St. Georges Fields and Gardener at Chelsea Physic Garden, first published this famed volume in 1731 in a folio edition known simply as The Gardener’s Dictionary. The book ran through eight folio editions, each successive issue recording new plants as his celebrated work at Chelsea Physic Garden earned Miller and the garden reknown throughout European botanic circles. Martyn (1735-1825) wrote extensively on botanical matters, was Professor of Botany at Cambridge, and laid out that college’s famed botanic garden with the able assistance of Philip Miller. According to Gorham’s Memoirs of John Martyn, this edition is “an entirely new work, founded on Miller’s as it basis.” It was published at 14 Guineas. One of the great works on the subject ever produced in the English language, it is considered the starting-point for the nomenclature of cultivated plants. Quite scarce. Desmond pp.424, 439. Henry 1114. Hunt Catalogue 721, note.
MORSE, Jedidiah Morse & Richard Morse. A NEW UNIVERSAL GAZETTEER, Or Geographical Dictionary… New Haven: S. Converse, 1823. 8vo, 856pp. Full calf, calf label. Calf worn, front joint cracked, signature to endpapers & title, light foxing throughout, still good. $125. ¶ Fourth Edition. Jedidiah Morse (1761-1826), American clergyman and the “father of American geography,” held a virtual monopoly in the publishing of geography texts during his day. His son Sidney Edwards Morse carried on his geographical work upon his death and his other son, Samuel Morse, achieved great fame as an inventor.
MURRAY, Elisabeth. CAUGHT IN THE WEB OF WORDS. James A.H. Murray and the Oxford English Dictionary. New Haven: Yale University Press, (1977). 8vo, brown cloth in d.j. A good copy. $20.
NAVES, Raymond. VOLTAIRE ET L’ENCYCLOPEDIE. Paris: Editions des Presses Modernes, 1938. 8vo, 206pp. Orig. wrappers, notes scattered in the text, some wear & staining to wrappers, otherwise very good. $100. ¶ Voltaire assisted Diderot in the great enterprise and wrote a number of articles, including Espirt and Grâces.
O’BRIEN, Eileen. ALOHA AIRLINES GUIDE TO HAWAIIAN WORDS AND PHRASES. A Quickie Primer For Fun With the Hawaiian Language. (Honolulu): (Tongg Publishing), (1957). Sm 8vo, unpaginated, text illus. Illus. wrappers, sm rubbed spot, otherwise fine. $35. ¶ First Revised Edition. Features basic Hawaiian words, phrases, directions, counting, names, and Hawaiian fashion vocabulary. Later printing.
(OED). THE COMPACT EDITON OF THE OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY. Oxford: OUP, 1971 (1976). 2 vols, 4to, blue cloth in slipcase. Very nice, but lacking the magnifying glass. $225.
PAVIERE, Sydney H. A DICTIONARY OF FLOWER, FRUIT, AND STILL LIFE PAINTERS...
Vol. II. 18th Century. Leigh-on-Sea: F. Lewis, (1963). 4to, 70, (2)pp, 64 b/w plates. Royal blue cloth, lettered in gilt, mild wear, book plate, near fine. $45. ¶ Vol 2 only.
QUILLET, Aristide, ed. MON PROFESSEUR, Encylopedie Autodidactique Moderne Illustree. L’Ecole chez Soi, sans Maitre. Paris: Librairie Commerciale, Aristide Quillet, 1907. 5 vols, 4to, 782, 713, 771, 746, 822pp, tables, chromo plates including several with moveable overlays. Orig. half calf, decorated cloth boards, spine ends chipping, otherwise a very good set. $250.
(Revolution). DICTIONNAIRE DE LA REVOLUTION ET DE L’EMPIRE 1789-1815… Ouvrage Rédigé pour l’Histoire Générale par le Dr. Robinet… Adolphe Robert… J. le Chaplain. Paris: Librairie Historique de la Révolution et de l’Empire, n.d. 2 vols, small 4to, xliv, 839pp; 868pp. Blue library cloth, library markings & withdrawn stamps, lightly browned, otherwise very good. $150.
SANDRY, George & Marcel Carrere. DICTIONNAIRE DE L’ARGOT MODERNE. Paris: Editions du Dauphin, (1953). 8vo, 238pp. Wrappers illustrated with dice, cards, etc. Ink note on endpaper, a little soiled. $30. ¶ First Edition, compiled by the Commissaire de Police à la Surete Nationale.
SCHMIDT, J.E. NARCOTICS LINGO AND LORE. Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas, (1959). Sm 8vo, xiv, 199pp. Pale blue cloth, gilt lettered, dust jacket, mild wear, lt foxing to top edge, otherwise near fine in dj with sunned spine, mild wear, pale dampstains. $100. ¶ First Edition. By the M.D./author/grammarian known for his lexical joie de vivre and penning of Libido, the most complete lexicon of sexual terminology ever written, who has performed the same with this volume on the argot of drugs and drug use containing 2,333 entries.
SOBOUL, Albert. TEXTES CHOISIS DE L’ENCYCLOPEDIE. Ou Dictionnaire Raisonné des Sciences, des Arts et des Métiers. Paris: Editions Sociales, (1962). 8vo, 258pp. Orig. printed wrappers. Light foxing, otherwise a very good copy. $20. ¶ Second edition, revised & enlarged.
ST. HARAHAP, E. KAMUS INDONESIA. Tjetakan Jang Kesembilan. Djakarta: G. Kolff, 1951. Tall 8vo, 452pp. Blue wrappers, black lettered, some shelf darkening, lt. wear, otherwise very good. $65. ¶ A dictionary of the Indonesian language.
SULAIMAN, Ach. VAN GOOR’S PANDU BAHASA. English - Indonesian and Indonesian - English. Compiled by… Gravenhage - Djakarta: G. B. Van Goor, 1951. 12mo, viii, 96pp. Tan wrappers, title-label to upper panel black and red lettered, very good+. $25. ¶ First Edition of a pocket dictionary.
[TORRENTINUS, Hermannus]. ELUCIDARIUS CARMINU[M] ET HYSTORIARU[M]. Vel Vocabularius Poeticus Continens Fabulas, Hystorias, Prouincias, Vrbes, Insulas, Fluuios & Montes Illustres. Item Vocabula & Interpretationes Graecorum & Hebraicorum: Vna cum Vocabulis Communibus Saracenoru[m] in Latinum Translatis & Alijs in Fine Adiunctis. [Strassburg]: (Impressit Johannes Prus), (1505). Sm 4to, A8, B-C4, D8, E-F4, G8, H-K4, L8. Mod. 1/4 vellum over boards covered in 16th c. folio leaf, spine hand-lettered in cont. style, occasional light soiling, faded early manuscript note at verso of final leaf bleeds through first 3 lines of text, otherwise very good. $2750. ¶ Second edition. Born in Zwolle, Herman van der Boeke (c. 1450-1520) was professor of rhetoric at Groningen. As a classical scholar he adopted the name Torrentinus and authored numerous reference works and grammatical texts for use in his school. First published by Ricardus Pafraet at Delft in 1498, the Elucidarius may fairly be regarded as a work ahead of its time. Encyclopedic in nature, this seminal volume comprises a dictionary of classical mythology, geography and history, including authors and source citations. As noted by Michaud “this little work is the first known attempt at an historical dictionary / cet opuscule est le premier essai que l’on connaisse d’un dictionnaire historique.” Torrentinus divides the text into two major parts, the first dealing with Latin vocabulary, the second with Greek and Hebrew terms transliterated into the Latin alphabet. Next, he provides a brief lexicon of common Arabic words. Several small sections, which often provide German translations beside the Latin, discuss such school house commonplaces as numeration, animals, trees, herbs, and minerals. Translated into several languages, and successively augmented by Robert and Charles Estienne and Frederick Morel, the Elucidarius was an essential classical reference work throughout the early 16th century until it was superceded by work of the next generation of Humanist scholars. OCLC notes 3 copies ed.1505 and only one copy of the 1498 ed. Cf. Collison, Encyclopaedias, p.75. Graesse p.175. Cf. Contemporaries of Erasmus pp.331-2.
VENTURI, Franco. LE ORIGINI DELL’ENCYCLOPEDIA. Roma: U. Edizioni, 1946. 8vo, 164pp. Orig. printed wrappers. Some foxing over front wrapper, spine worn. Otherwise a good copy. $45.
[VICTORIUS, Marianus]. CHALDEAE, SEU AETHIOPICAE LANGUAE INSTITUTIONES. Rome: Sac. Congreationes de Propaganda Fide, 1630. 8vo, (8), 86pp, woodcut decvice on title. Contemp. vellum, gilt spine lablel, later morocco edged slipcase. $750. ¶ Second edition of the first Ethiopian grammar to be printed. The rare first edition was printed in Rome in 1552 in 32 leaves, and is virtually unobtainable. Achille Venerio is cited in NUC as the author of this edition, which makes extensive use of Ethiopic types. Graesse VI, 2, p.301. Not in Brunet.
WALKER, J[ohn]. A DICTIONARY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE. Answering at once the Purposes of Rhyming, Spelling, and Pronouncing. London: Printed for T. Becket, 1775. 12mo, unpaginated, approximately 1000pp. Old calf, leather spine label, rehinged, a very good copy. $1000. ¶ First Edition of Walker’s first dictionary, dedicated to David Garrick, for “early opportunities of observing [his] pronunciation on stage.” An actor (under the management of Garrick) and a lecturing elocutionist, Walker had published A General Idea of a Pronouncing Dictionary in 1744. This great dictionary was not published until 1791, but its roots are clearly traceable in this rhyming dictionary - “an attempt to facilitate the orthography and pronunciation of the English language.” Alston VI, 570. Rare; not in the Cordell Collection and no copy in OCLC.
WEBSTER, Noah. THE ELEMENTARY SPELLING BOOK, Being an Improvement on the American Spelling Books. New York: D. Appleton, [n.d., ca. 1880]. 12mo, 174pp. Printed boards, linen spine worn. $50. ¶ Late edition. Cf. Skeel & Carpenter pp.86-127.
ZACCONE, Pierre. HISTOIRE DES BAGNES Depuis Leur Création Jusqu’a nos Jours. Brest, Toulon, Rochefort, Lorient, Cayenne, Nouvelle-Calédonie. Paris: Victor Bunel, 1870. 2 tomes in one, 4to, 566, 464pp, frontispiece, many text engravings throughout. Contemporary quarter green diced calf over green marbled boards, gilt lettering, gilt dec. to spine, some rubbing, edgewear, occasional light foxing, otherwise very good. $300. ¶ First Edition. Includes a glossary of French prison argot and slang. Extremely scarce; not in OCLC.
ZAMBALDI, Francesco. VOCABOLARIO ETIMOLOGICO ITALIANO. Città di Castello: S. Lapi, 1889. 8vo, xc, 720ff. Contemporary three quarter velin over marbled boards, red morocco spine label, gilt lettered, bookplates, near very good. $100. ¶ First Edition, signed by Zambaldi.