[N.p., Japan: ca.1850s or 1860s]. Read More about Alphabet and Syllabary. Japanese, English, French
Rare and first edition dictionaries and encyclopedias in various languages such as Biblical Aramaic, Arabic, German, and English.
Edinburgh: W. & R. Chambers, . Read More about Chambers Biographical Dictionary. Revised Edition
New York, Algonquin Hotel, 59 West 44th Street: 1960. “The only slang phrase I ever invented …”. A marvelous note from the Master: “I am glad indeed to have the new Dictionary of Slang and thanks for sending it along. Maybe it contains — it's up in Cornwall waiting for..... Read More about Typed Letter, signed ("Jim"), to Liz Riley of the Thomas Crowell Company, thanking her...
[New York City: De Pamphilis Press, n.d., circa 1944]. First edition, variant issue (copies also seen in red cloth). The Vai langage is a Mande language of west Africa, used in Liberia and Sierra Leone. Privately printed volume, edited by Alan Bragg, with printed text, including a phonetic text and..... Read More about Vai M’nua Jii Kili]. [Cover title: Vai Kpoloe
Windsor: Printed and Published by Simeon Ide, 1828. First Vermont Edition. Read More about Elements of English Grammar, Deduced from Science and Practice. Adapted to the Capacity of...
New York: Daniel D. Smith, 1826. Abridgment of the standard work, first published in London in 1791. Nice copy of this scarce imprint. Read More about Walker’s Critical Pronouncing Dictionary and Expositor of the English Language. Abridged and...
London: Printed for Nath. Brook, 1669. First edition. Possibly the first work in China in English, this rare treatise on the supposed original language spoken by Adam and Eve, by the architect John Webb, a pupil of Inigo Jones. Harbsmeier notes that "Webb's contribution to Sinology is so important because..... Read More about Historical Essay Endeavoring a Probability That the language of ... China is the Primitive Language
Springfield, Mass: G. & C. Meriam, . First Edition. Read More about Webster's Biographical Dictionary
[Leominster]: Printed by Charles Prentiss, Sept. 1797. Second Leominster Edition. An examination of such expressions as “When a man's name is up, he may lie abed till noon,” “She carries the Bell,” “It is just as the fit takes him,” “A Stitch in time saves nine,” and “He has come..... Read More about The Prompter; or a Commentary on Common Sayings & Subjects, which are full of Common Sense,...
Seattle: University of Washington Book Store, 1930. University of Washington Chapbooks Number 41. Poison-oakers and others. A dictionary of Depression-era lumberjack slang of the West Coast, rich in epithet: “Posion-oaker” describes a native Northern California. Read More about Logger-Talk. Some Notes on the Jargon of the Pacific Northwest Woods
Macao: Printed at the Office of the Chinese Repository, 1842. First edition. First edition of this early manual on the Chinese language for English speakers, issued as Chinese trade was opening to the West. It is the first book on China by the missionary and sinologist Samuel Wells Williams (1812-1884)..... Read More about Easy Lessons in Chinese: or progressive exercises to facilitate the Study of that Language,...