The Rudiments of Grammar for the English-Saxon Tongue,

Elstob (Elizabeth)

The Rudiments of Grammar for the English-Saxon Tongue,

first given in English: with an Apology For the Study of Northern Antiquities. Being very useful towards the understanding our ancient English poets, and other Writers.

Description: FIRST EDITION, title printed in red and black, 2 engraved head-pieces, one incorporating a portrait of Caroline of Ansbach (newly become Princess of Wales), 2 engraved initials, the second of which incorporates a portrait of the authoress (reproduced in ODNB), a trifle browned in places, a few scattered spots, pp. [viii], xxxv, 70, 4to, contemporary speckled calf, gilt roll tooled borders on sides, neatly rebacked preserving original red lettering piece, engraved armorial bookplate of William Peters of Newcastle upon Tyne, pencil signature of Irvine Masson above

Publication Details: Printed by W. Bowyer: And Sold by J. Bowyer, and C. King, 1715

Notes: 'In 1715 Elizabeth Elstob published her last book, The Rudiments of Grammar for the English-Saxon Tongue - the first grammar of Old English to be published in English. It is based, principally but not exclusively, on Hickes's authoritative grammar in the first volume of his Linguarum veterum septentrionalium thesaurus grammatico-criticus et archaeologicus (1703) and on the abridged version extracted from it by Edward Thwaites (1711), both of which are written in Latin. She prefaced The Rudiments with a passionate but well-documented apologia for Anglo-Saxon studies, directing her remarks again...more

Bibliography: (ESTC T72424; Alston iii 18; Maslen & Lancaster, Bowyer Ledgers, 234)

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Price: £2,200

Subject: Literature

Published Date: 1715

Stock Number: 66809

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