In Gothic & Anglo-Saxon & With an Extensive Glossary
Bible. N.T. Gospels. Gothic. 1665. Quatuor D.N. Jesu Christi evangeliorum. Versiones perantiquae duae, Gothica scil. et Anglo-Saxonica. Dordrechti: Typis & sumptibus Junianis; Excudebant Henricus & Joannes Essaei, 1665. 4to (20.5 cm; 8"). 2 parts in 1 vol.  ff., 565,  pp.;  ff., 431 pp.
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This is the first printing of the Gospels in Gothic and the second of them in Anglo-Saxon; it is also the first edition of Ulfila's Gothic version of the Gospels — based on the Codex Argenteus — parallel with the Anglo-Saxon version, which is based on the 1571 Day printing of the Anglo-Saxon Gospels. The presentation is double-column, with the Gothic to the left. The volume opens with a handsome architectural engraved title-page by A[braham Dircksz van] Santvoort (1624–69), featuring the four evangelists with their symbols and the tetragrammaton, preceding the typographic one.
Thomas Marshall (1621–85) was the work's chief editor and later was rector of Lincoln College, Oxford. His assistant on the large project was François du John, the Younger, (1589–1677), whose Gothic–Latin dictionary with its own pagination ( ff., 431 pp.) and title-page — “Gothicum glossarium, quo pleraque Argentei Codicis vocabula explicantur ... praemittuntur ei Gothicum, Runicum, Anglo-Saxonicum, aliáque alphabeta. Operâ Francisci Junii” — follows the Gospels.
Darlow and Moule (4557) observe: “Beyond their interest to the student of textual criticism, these fragments possess special value for the philologist as preserving what is 'by several centuries the oldest specimen of Teutonic speech.'”
Provenance: The Howell Bible Collection, Pacific School of Religion (properly released).
Darlow & Moule 1604 & 4557; Brunet, II, 1118. Late 17th- or early 18th-century Cambridge style calf; recently well rebacked with blind-tooled device in four of the five spine compartments, a very dark brown leather spine label neatly gilt, and new endpapers. Despite provenance, NO library markings. A very nice copy. (36163)
Euphony Cacophony Versification & CompLit
Mitford, William. An inquiry into the principles of harmony in language, and of the mechanism of verse, modern and antient. London: Pr. by L. Hansard ... for T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1804. 8vo. xv, , 343 pp. (lacks the half-title).
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Mitford (1744–1827), a historian of ancient Greece, sometime member of Parliament, and principally a gentleman of means, here presents the second edition of his study of versification in English — including Anglo-Saxon and Middle-English, and with comparisons to Classical Latin and Greek, French, Italian, and Spanish. There is even a chapter on Oriental and Celtic versification! First published anonymously in 1774 as An essay upon the harmony of language, intended principally to illustrate that of the English language, the work in this edition boasts “ improvement and large addition.”
Recent quarter calf, round spine; raised bands accented with gilt beading, gilt center devices in spine compartments, and two green spine labels. Combed-pattern marbled paper sides. Lacks the half-title, only; occasional light foxing. A very good copy of an interesting and now uncommon book. (22228)
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