Etymologicon linguae anglicanae, seu explicatio vocum anglicarum etymologica ex propriis fontibus, scil. ex linguis duodecim; Anglo-Saxonica. Runica. Franco-Theotisca. Danica. Belgica. Teutonica recentiori. Cambro-Britanica. Franco-Gallica. Italica. Hispanica. Latina. Graeca.

Skinner, Stephano

Published by typis T. Roycroft, & prostant venales apud H. Brome [et al.], Londini, 1671
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First edition, folio, unpaged, and collating [*]2 a2 B-D4 E-V2 2A-2U4 2X-2Z2 3A-3Y4 3Z6 4A-5V4 5X2; text in double column; full contemporary pockmarked calf, new maroon morocco spine label; upper joint cracked, else very good and sound. Later (1739 and 1927) ownership inscriptions on front pastedown. Includes sections on botanical etymology, ancient names of English rivers and towns, and obsolete Anglican words. While the Etymologicon of Skinner "appears at first to represent a radical departure from the beaten paths of English lexicography.there was a definite foreshadowing of the sort of work that Skinner published. It represents not something new under the sun of lexicography, but rather a convergence of significant influences. " (Starnes & Noyes, pp. 64-65). Holoyoke, Blount, Phillips and Minsheu had made earlier attempts at compiling English etymologies, but this work was issued at a time when Anglo-Saxon scholarship was being revived, and it had considerable influence over contemporary and later etymologists; its comprehensiveness exceeded that of the earlier lexicographers. Indeed, the work was a major source for Johnson who acknowledges in his Preface his endebtedness to Skinner. Wing S3947; Alston V, 353; Graesse VI, p. 420; Zaunmuller, col. 115. Bookseller Inventory # 44583

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Title: Etymologicon linguae anglicanae, seu ...

Publisher: typis T. Roycroft, & prostant venales apud H. Brome [et al.], Londini

Publication Date: 1671

Edition: 1st Edition

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