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AINSWORTH, Robert (1660--1743)
Thesaurus linguæ latinæ compendiarius; or, a compendious dictionary of the Latin tongue: designed for the use of the British nation. First published by Mr. Robert Ainsworth. A new edition, with great additions and amendments. Particularly a large ... index of such words as occur in Stephens and Ainsworth, of an obsolete, unclassical, doubtful, or modern character, ... also another index of the same kind from Vossius, ... and others. To which are subjoined, a third, of the more common Latin words in our ancient laws. The ... abbreviations used in Latin authors and inscriptions. And a general chronology ... By Thomas Morell, D.D. ...
London: printed by Charles Rivington and William Woodfall, for J. Pote, C. Bathurst, J. Buckland, W. Strahan, J. Rivington and Sons, L. Davis, T. Payne and Son, W. Owen, T. and W. Lowndes, T. Longman, B. Law, C. Dilly, G. Robinson, T. Cadell, J. Jonhson, J. Robson, W. Ginger, R. Baldwin, T. Evans,J. Sewell, J. Nichols, J. Bew, S. Hayes, W. Goldsmith and T. Beecroft, 1783.
2 vols ; 27.3 cm. (4º)
I: [2], v--xiv, [1160] p. : letterpress tables
II: [4, 460] p. : letterpress tables

Volume II has a half title only. Main text in three columns, unpaginated. With the preface of the first edition of 1736, signed 'R. Ainsworth.' Robert Ainsworth FSA was a lexicographer and a collector of coins. The translator and classical scholar Thomas Morell was a translator, classical scholar and librettist. The advertisement to the present edition (pp. xiii--xiv) draws attention to the new arrangement of the constituent parts to remedy the 'Disorder and Inconvenience' of previous editions in which the English-Latin and Latin-English dictionaries were in separate volumes, divided by 'the Interposition and Insertion of Indexes, ... and other Articles of less Consequence', bringing the two dictionaries and 'The Roman Calendar' (parts 1--3) together in vol. I, and the remaining indexes, etc. (parts 4--14) in vol. II. In the Soane copy and the British Library copy (shelfmark 676.h.17), however, the intended arrangement of the parts has been ignored, no doubt due to the resulting significant imbalance in size between the two volumes. The above collation is an attempt to recreate the intended order of binding. ESTC t88110.

Copy Notes Lacking a half-title in vol. I? The Soane copy is bound with parts 1 (the English-Latin dictionary and various indexes, etc.) and 5--14 in vol. I, and parts 2--4 (the Latin-English dictionary, 'The Roman Calendar' and 'Nomina Propria') in vol. II. Additionally the second preliminary leaf of the second volume, captioned 'Thesauri Linguæ Latinæ Compendiarii Pars Altera, ...' and signed *A, has been misbound between pp. viii and ix of the first volume.

Binding C18th tree calf, gilt-panelled spine, black and red morocco spine-labels, the latter gilt-tooled with black and tan onlays.

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