First American edition (the book was first printed in Edinburgh, 1806); 8vo, pp. viii, 171, ; text in Greek and English; contemporary full mottled calf, recased and with a mid-20th century rebacking in morocco, old red morocco label preserved on spine; edges worn; good and sound. Thomas Jefferson's copy, with his block initial marks at signature I ("T"), and at signature T ("I"), and with approximately 42 corrections and emendations in his hand in the text, on 32 pages. Most of the corrections amend the spelling of Greek words by crossing out or underlining the improper letter, and inserting, usually with a caret in the margin, the correct letter. Many of the corrections are to the Greek, but several also correct errors in the English, such as where her has corrected "Ulyssus" to read "Ulysses" by crossing out the "u" and inserting the "e," or inverting "Is it" to "It is" in a declarative sentence. All the corrections are listed in the errata at the back, and the story goes (this comes to me second hand and I have not yet been able to corroborate it) that the book was corrected for his daughter who was at the time studying Greek. Jefferson's use of block initials at signatures I and T began in 1815 after the sale of his so-called Great Library to the Library of Congress; prior to 1815 his books were marked with cursive initials. Also, some signature marks of this period were not made by Jefferson but rather by family members. That this particular volume has so many corrections in Jefferson's hand makes it seem almost certain that the signature marks here are his. Poor, Nathaniel P., Catalogue. President Jefferson's Library, 1829, no. 851; see also Bear, James A., Jr., Thomas Jefferson's Book-Marks, Charlottesville, 1958; "Jefferson, the Book Collector," in The Quarterly Journal of the Library of Congress, Vol. 29, No. 1, January, 1972, p. 32-48. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Neilson's Greek exercises. Abridged and ...
Publisher: printed for proprietors by Swain & Matchett
Publication Date: 1809
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