Title: Ambrosii Calepini dictionarium octo ...
Publisher: Sebastianum Henricpetri, Basel
Publication Date: 1584
Book Condition: Very Good
Thick folio (350 x 220mm). Double columns numbered to 1467 and Onomasticon. Woodcut printer’s device of Sebastianum Henricpetri to title and rear blank. Woodcut initials in dedication and prefatory pages. Full period pigskin, stamped in blind with central heraldic device surrounded by prophets, lacking clasps but metal corner pieces remaining; title lightly browned, binding rubbed, some early ownership and library inscriptions on front pastedown. Calepinus’ flagship polyglot dictionary included eleven languages and was followed by Gesner’s list of Classical proper names, the whole a treasure-trove for language studies of the Renaissance period. Ambrogio Calepino, commonly known by the Latin form of his name, Calepinus, which later became nearly synonymous with dictionaries (A ‘calepin’ was a dictionary, often pocket-sized). Calepinus was an Italian lexicographer from Bergamo who entered the Augustinian Order in 1458. His dictionary was first printed in 1502 exclusively as a Latin edition. Subsequent editions were enlarged to include other languages and by the 1580s following editions contained eleven languages, including as named on the title page; Greek, Latin, Hebrew, French Italian, German, and Spanish. Calepinus’ polyglot dictionary was a helpful source for Latin phrases and figures of speech in philosophy and theology. His work remains one of the most popular humanist dictionaries of the period; tracing words back to their Greek and Latin roots as well as noting the specific passages in the primary source material. The main dictionary is followed by the list of Classical proper names, the Onomasticon, deriving from Konrad Gesner (1516-1565), pictured, a Renaissance age Swiss naturalist and bibliographer. Bookseller Inventory # D6825
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