Gradus ad Parnassum: sive, Noveus Synonymorum, Epithetorum, Parasium Poeticarum, ac versuum Thesaurus.

(Latin Dictionary.)

Gradus ad Parnassum: sive, Noveus Synonymorum, Epithetorum, Parasium Poeticarum, ac versuum Thesaurus.

Ab uno e Societate Jesu [i.e. Paul Aler]. Editio novissima.

Description: title-page dustsoiled and with a little adhesion damage at inner margin (just touching a couple of letters), a few rust-spots and other soiling elsewhere, several leaves with marginal tears (only once causing loss, to one word), fore-margin trimmed a bit close in places but always clear of text, old ownership inscription (illegible) to title-page, pp. 688, 12mo, contemporary dark calf, boards ruled in blind, leather rubbed and worn, especially at corners and joints, endpapers excised, joints cracking, sound

Publication Details: Impensis Benj. Tooke, 1687

Notes: The second recorded surviving English printing of this classic dictionary of poetical Latin. It went through many incarnations; this version, edited by a German Jesuit named Paul Aler (1676-1727), was the first to take the title of 'Gradus ad Parnassum' but the content is based on an earlier thesaurus attributed to Pierre Joulet. Aler's text quickly became a standard schoolbook and was reprinted continuously into the nineteenth century, when a new version revised by John Carey took over; it was the enormous influence of this work that led to 'Gradus' becoming a synonym for 'dictionary' and 'in...more

Bibliography: (ESTC R177583)

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Price: £750

Subject: Classics

Published Date: 1687

Stock Number: 52736

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