Colloquia et dictionariolum octo linguarum. Amsterdam, Everard Cloppenburg,

BERLAIMONT Noel de (1631.)


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Engraved title page.

Oblong 16mo. [192]ff. Contemporary vellum (lightly soiled, some marks).

Amsterdam: Everard Cloppenburg,

Rare early edition of this polyglot phrasebook and dictionary aimed at tourists and business travellers and printed in eight languages: Dutch, English, German, Latin, Italian, Spanish, French and Portuguese. The engraved title-page has eight portraits which depict eight different men in the national costume of the countries whose language is represented in the work. The work first appeared in 1536 as a phrase book in French and Flemish when it contained only three dialogues involving a dinner party, buying and selling, and the demanding of debts. Soon Latin, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian were added, and towards the end of the 16th century four new dialogues appeared (on asking directions, arriving at an inn, communications at the uprising, and marketplace negotiations), and the English and German languages were also added. There is also a chapter devoted to letter writing and a long alphabetical word list. It ends with various grammatical sections including instructions on the correct pronunciation of French, Italian, Spanish and Flemish.

Considering the amount of use which these phrase books were put to, this copy is in decent condition, although there is some moderate browning affecting quires M & N and some light staining.

Provenance: 1. Manuscript inscriptions on pastedown and front flyleaf, 'las penas[?] del', with faint manuscript annotation in same hand, in ink with repeated date '1650' on rear endpapers in Latin and overleaf in Spanish. 2. Sticker of the Lilliput Oval Salloon, bookdealer in Tokyo, Japan, and the world's "first all-miniature bookstore"; closed in 2015, with inventory sold the subsequent year. 

ESTC 1431.31 (6 copies). Verdeyen 80. Alston II, 56.

Stock Code: 225125

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