A New Pocket Dictionary of the French and English Languages.

(Dictionary) NUGENT (Thomas)

A New Pocket Dictionary of the French and English Languages.

In two parts. I. French and English. II. English and French. Containing all words of general use, and authorized by the best writers. As also distinguishing the several parts of speech, with the gender of nouns in the French language. To which are added, the accents of the English words for the use of foreigners, and an alphabetical list of the most common Christian names, with their usual abbreviations. Carefully compiled from the most approved dictionaries, French and English, particularly from that of the Royal Academy at Paris ... The third edition, carefully corrected, improved ... by J.S. Charrier ...

Description: 2 vols., in 1, worming in the upper margin in first vol., sometimes entering the text with the loss of a few letters, the second vol. partly interleaved with about a dozen leaves filled in in MS in French, several more ruled but not written upon, pp. [ii], xvi, 248; [ii], 322 (the lst 3 pages being ads for books published by Edward and Charles Dilly), oblong 12mo, contemporary calf backed boards, rubbed and worn, joints cracked

Publication Details: London [?Paris], no printer, 1781

Notes: According to ESTC 'probably a French piracy based on the second edition', citing several French-style peculiarities of the printing. It does resemble the second edition, down to the last 3 pages of advertisements. It is at any rate, not the third edition (first 1767), the first 'third edition' having appeared in 1779. Publishers were probably a little lax in their edition statements for such a best seller - a 50-plus edition appearing so late as 1900 (see Alston). The early editions are rare. Of the present edition ESTC locates 2 in the UK, 5 on the Continent, and 5 in the US. The partial inte...more

Bibliography: (Alston XII 713 (but printer, or the lack of one, not stated); ESTC T74033)

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Price: £850

Subject: Literature

Published Date: 1781

Stock Number: 61026

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