A Dictionarie in Spanish and English, first published into the English tongue by Ric. Perciuale Gent. Now enlarged and amplified with many thousand words,

Percyvall, or Perceval (Richard)

A Dictionarie in Spanish and English, first published into the English tongue by Ric. Perciuale Gent. Now enlarged and amplified with many thousand words,

as by this marke * to each of them prefixed may appeere; together with the accenting of euery worde throughout the whole dictionarie, for the true pronunciation of the language, as also for the diuers signification of one and the selfesame word: and for the learners ease and furtherance, the declining of all hard and irregular verbs; and for the same cause the former order of the alphabet is altered, diuers hard and vncouth phrases and speeches out of sundry of the best authors explaned, with diuers necessarie notes and especiall directions for all such as shall be desirous to attaine the perfection of the Spanish tongue. All done by Iohn Minsheu professor of languages in London. Hereunto ... is annexed an ample English Dictionarie ... by the same Iohn Minsheu. .. [bound with:] A Spanish Grammar ... [including] Pleasant and Delightful Dialogues in Spanish and English.

Description: 2 works (the second in 2 parts) in one vol., woodcut printer's device on both titles and part title (McKerrow 293 and 305), the Dictionarie printed in 3 columns within rules, the Grammar mainly in black letter, the Dialogues with parallel texts in double columns, first few leaves browned at top edge, and the title a little stained, a few spots and stains here and there and occasional minor browning, some water-staining at the very end, a little worming in the lower margins, pp. [viii], 391; [viii], 84; [iv], 68, folio in 6s, modern calf, contrasting lettering pieces on spine, by Period Binders, annotated throughout in a mid- to late seventeenth-century English hand (more profusely in the first quarter, but nonetheless throughout), and with various ownership inscriptions (see below), good

Publication Details: Imprinted by Edm. Bollifant, 1599

Notes: First edition of Minsheu's glorious augmentation of Percyvall. 'Having settled in London as a language teacher, Minsheu [who was described as a rogue by Ben Jonson] compiled a Dictionarie in Spanish and English (1599), which was published together with a Spanish grammar and dialogues. They were all based on two textbooks of Spanish by Richard Percyvall, entitled Bibliotheca Hispanica (1591), the lexicon of which Minsheu considerably augmented. He refers to hostility towards his work in certain quarters, but ensured the grant of a licence to print by applying successfully to the archbishop of C...more

Bibliography: (STC (2nd ed.), 19620 & 19622; ESTC S115747 & S115752; Alston XII 171 & 140; not in CCPB)

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Price: £1,750

Subject: Literature

Published Date: 1599

Stock Number: 49085

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