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RAY, John (1627--1705)
A compleat collection of English proverbs; also the most celebrated proverbs of the Scotch, Italian, French, Spanish, and other languages. The whole methodically digested and illustrated with annotations, and proper explications. By the late Rev. and learned J. Ray, ... To which is added, (written by the same author) a collection of English words not generally used, with their significations and original in two alphabetical catalogues; the one, of such as are proper to the northern, the other, to the southern counties. With an account of the preparing and refining such metals and minerals as are gotten in England. The fourth edition. Augmented with many hundred words, observations, letters, &c.


London: printed for W. Otridge; S. Bladon; W. Cooke; W. Harris; S. Steare and T. Peat; J. Robson, C. Parker, and W. Shropshire; J. Ridley; H. Turpin; R. Smith; G. Woodfall; and G. Pearch, 1768.
xv, [1], 319, [1], 150, [2] p. ; 20.2 cm. (8º)

First published in 1678. A collection of English words, first published separately in 1674, has separate title-page, pagination and register, and was also available separately. The final leaf (K4) is blank. Ray (born John Wray) was a naturalist and theologian, who travelled widely in Britain and Europe to pursue researches in natural history which led him also to collect material on antiquities, customs, and language. ESTC t92841.

Copy Notes Bought from T. & W. Boone for 10s. 6d., 27 May 1822. (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.4.5). Boone had acquired it as lot 282 on the second day of the third part of the sale of the library of Soane's friend the newspaper editor James Perry, 17 May 1822; see annotated copy of the R.H. Evans catalogue in the British Library. Extensive annotations in ink on front pastedown and front free-endpaper, recto and verso, mostly in English or Spanish, including a passage from Cervantes. Inscribed in ink in the same hand on front pastedown Easton. April. 17. 70., and on rear pastedown John Bowle Junr, almost certainly the literary editor John Bowle (1725--1788) chiefly remembered for the extensive critical apparatus of his edition of Don Quixote published in 1781, which occupied him throughout the 1770s and drew on his wide-ranging classical and literary learning; his library at his death numbered well over 12,000 works. Loosely inserted at the front is a notepaper with an extended note in ink in a C19th hand, quoting a passage from Richardson's Travels into Egypt Page 15. Robert Richardson's Travels along the Mediterranean, and parts adjacent was published in 1822; no copy of it is known to have formed part of Soane's library.

Binding C18th sprinkled calf, gilt double-ruled borders and spine, red morocco spine-label.

Reference Number 4663


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