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CORDIER, Mathurin (1479--1564)
[Colloquia. French & Latin. 1700]
Nouvelle traduction des colloques de Mathurin Cordier, divisez en IV. livres, corrigée d'un grand nombre de fautes, & mise dans la pureté des deux langues, pour la plus grande facilité des enfans.
A Amsterdam aux dépens d'Estienne Roger, marchand libraire, 1700.
[4], 508 p. ; 13.1 cm. (12º)

There are five alternative editions which have apparently the same extent as this imperfect copy in the library, which is wanting the title-page and collates: pp. [2] (with signature '2*'), 1--500 p. (starting with sig. A, concluding at X10 with catch-word 'Om', and wanting X5.6). The earliest of these is the Amsterdam: Wetstein, 1691 edition recorded on COPAC and the BNF as having [4], 508 p.; this edition is ruled out by the STCN fingerprint for the first leaf of the main text (sig. A) which does not correspond to the Soane copy. The other candidates are: Amsterdam: Roger Estienne, 1700; Londres [i.e. Amsterdam?]: David Mortier, 1707; La Haye: P. Gosse & J. Neaulme, 1727; Amsterdam: Elie Jaques Ledet & Co., 1729. The Soane copy is tentatively identified with the Amsterdam edition of 1700. The first edition of this 'nouvelle traduction' may be the edition of Paris: Veuves C. Thiboust et P. Esclassan, 1672, with collation viii, 496 pp. Cordier was an early French Protestant who joined Calvin and Beza in Geneva and took charge of the organisation of public education. His 'colloquial' method was systematically followed for the learning of Latin over many editions; this series of simple Latin dialogues continued to be used in schools into the early decades of the nineteenth century.

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting title-page, pp. 489--492 and all after 500. Inscriptions in ink on front pastedown a/ Richd Mourgue / Septm 18: / 1744 and Thurloe / W[-?]; and on rear pastedown Thurl / Thu [etc.].

Binding C18th sheep, gilt-tooled spine.

Reference Number 3746


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