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LEMPRIERE, John (1765?--1824)
Bibliotheca classica; or, a classical dictionary, containing a full account of all the proper names mentioned in antient authors. With tables of coins, weights, and measures, in use among the Greeks and Romans. To which is now prefixed a chronological table. By J. Lempriere., A.M. The second edition greatly enlarged.
London: printed for T. Cadell, 1792.
xxiv, [832] p. : letterpress tables ; 21.3 cm. (8º)

Preface signed by J. Lempriere, November 1788. The first edition was published in 1788 in Reading, where Lempriere was acting as an assistant master at Reading School before returning to complete his BA at Pembroke College, Oxford in 1790. Lempriere's entertaining and influential dictionary, one of the earliest of classical companions, has been frequently revised and is still in use today, although its influence on the poet John Keats who owned two copies has been reassessed. 'The first specialist work designed as a substitute for, rather than as an aid to, learning ... Frequently re-edited and its accuracy has been greatly improved, although its original style, always lively and unusually readable for a work of reference, has been largely preserved' (Printing and the Mind of Man, 236). With a final leaf of advertisements on sig. 3G8. ESTC t98441.

Copy Notes Bought from Josiah Taylor for 11s., 21 July 1801. (Spiers Box). Front free-endpaper inscribed in pencil with price £- 10..6.

Binding C18th tree calf, gilt double-ruled spine, red morocco spine-label.

Reference Number 1153


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