Dictionaire universel, contenant generalement tous les mots françois tant vieux que modernes, & les termes de toutes les sciences et des arts [with a preface by P. Bayle] 

FURETIERE Antoine (1690)


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3 volumes folio (370 x 235mm.), portrait, half-titles, Dutch calf, stoutly rebacked, some light foxing and browning


The Hague & Rotterdam: A. & R. Leers, 

A fine and useful copy of this great French dictionary compiled single-handedly by Furetière, who had been a member of the Académie, but had been expelled for working on his own on this work which was forbidden to be published in France. The preface by Pierre Bayle gives a detailed account of the problems experienced by the author and remarks that a dictionary is one of those works which can be forever made better requesting on behalf of the publisher Leers that any corrections be communicated so that any new edition 'puisse être plus parfaite'

Provenance: F. Chance, 7 Nov. 1888, Burleigh House, by Denham Hill [= 35 Sydenham Hill]  (inscription in ink on title-page). Frank Chance (1826(Highgate) -1897 (Nice) was a noted Hebrew scholar and a physician (FRCP 1859), who translated works on both Scripture and science from the German (see Venn Alumni Cant. 2nd series II 7a). He was one of the subscribers to Wright's English Dialect Dictionary.

Stock Code: 227986

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