GLOSSOGRAPHIA: OR, A DICTIONARY, INTERPRETING THE HARD WORDS OF WHATSOEVER LANGUAGE, NOW USED IN OUR REFINED ENGLISH TONGUE; WITH ETYMOLOGIES, DEFINITIONS, AND HISTORICAL OBSERVATIONS ON THE SAME. ALSO THE TERMS OF DIVINITY, LAW, MUSICK, PHYSICK, MATHEMATICKS, WAR, HERALDRY, AND OTHER ARTS AND SCIENCES EXPLICATED
by Blount, Thomas
Savot [London]: Robert Boulter, 1674. Fourth Edition. 8vo., 706 pages; VG-; rebacked with new spine, previous boards; boards brown leather with new spine, endpapers, spine has burgundy label with gilt lettering; moderate bumping and rubbing to boards; name on second free endpaper, dated 1700, sme name on upper fore corner of title page, both in ink; interior free of writing, slight age-toning; The Glossographia "defined around 11,000 hard or unusual words, and was the largest English dictionary when it was published. His was the last, largest, and greatest of the English "hard-word" dictionaries, which aimed not to present a complete listing of English words, but to define and explain unusual terms that might be encountered in literature or the professions, thus aiding the burgeoning non-academic middle class, which was ascendant in England at the time and of which Blount was a member...and the first that cited sources for definitions. It contained many unusual words that had not previously been included in dictionaries, and others not included in any later dictionary" [wikipedia]; shelved case 9. Dupont.
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