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AN INTRODUCTION ...
An introduction to the most useful European languages, consisting of select passages, from the most celebrated English, French, Italian, and Spanish authors. With translations as close as possible, so disposed, in columns, as to give in one view the manner of expressing the same sentence in each language. Intended for the use of foreigners, merchants, and gentlemen who make the knowledge of those languages their study. By Joseph Baretti, Secretary for Foreign Correspondence to the Royal Academy of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture.
London: printed for T. Davies; and T. Cadell, 1772.
[8], 469, [1] p. ; 21.8 cm. (8º)

The texts are drawn, among others, from Cervantes, Johnson, Fénelon, La Bruyère, Swift, and Pope, as well as from Baretti's journal La Frusta Letteraria (1763--65), whose suppression by the Venetian authorities had prompted his decision to emigrate permanently to London, where he became a tutor to the Thrale family and was well-known in Johnson's and Reynold's circles. Each passage is translated into the other three languages and is printed in four parallel columns on facing pages. ESTC t83919.

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting the half-title.

Binding C19th calf, gilt-ruled borders, gilt French fillet spine, black morocco spine-label. Bound by Hood & McCullock for 3s. on 2 May 1826. (Archives 16/12/38).

Reference Number 964


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