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MINSHEU, John (ca. 1550--ca. 1627)
A catalogve and true note of the names of such persons which (vpon good liking they haue to the worke, being a great helpe to memorie) haue receiued the etymologicall dictionarie of XI. languages, ... from the handes of Mr. Minshev the author and publisher of the same in print; ...
[London]: at Mr. Brownes a booke-binder in little Britaine without Aldersgate, [between 1616 and 1621].
[2] p. ; 39.3 cm. (2º)

A broadsheet; caption-title, woodcut initial. A list of subscribers to the first edition of John Minsheu's etymological dictionary Hegemon eis tas glossas, id est, Ductor in linguas, the guide into tongues, 1617 (q.v.), intended to be inserted in copies of the latter. Minsheu was beset by financial difficulties in bringing the work to press, being refused any assistance by the Stationers' Company on the ground of his debts and thus obliged to promote the work himself. The names in five columns commence with 'the King, the Queene, the Prince' and then a list of the Archbishop and Bishops followed by the Lord Chancellor, Lord Verulam, but Minsheu excuses the apparent 'lack of respect due to the rankes and qualities of the persons' in the list by the fact that it represents 'the order [to] be used in the delivery of bookes to them, which was not according to their degrees, but promiscuously as they tooke them'. Sir John Lawrence, for instance, cited as 'the first vndertaker of this worke when it lay dead at the presse for want of mony' appears only towards the bottom of the third column. The list exists in 12 variants including 4 settings printed over a three-year period. The last listed name in the Soane copy is 'Mr. Welles late Secretary to the L.B. of Winch. deceased', at the bottom of the fifth column of the verso, suggesting a relatively late variant. See Franklin B. Williams, Jr., 'Scholarly publication in Shakespeare's day: a leading case', in James G. McManaway, Giles E. Dawson, and Edwin E. Willoughby (eds.), Joseph Quincy Adams memorial studies (Washington D.C.: Folger Shakespeare Library, 1948), pp. 755--73. ESTC s123153; STC (2nd ed.) 17944a.

Copy Notes Bound after the title-leaf of Minsheu's Guide into tongues (q.v.).

Binding C19th calf, gilt- and blind-tooled outer and inner borders with black-stained frame between, black-stained, gilt- and blind-tooled spine, direct-lettered in gilt.

Reference Number 3899


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