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Paris and London: The Berlitz School, 1916. Hardcover. Red cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Browning to spine panel and edges of boards. Minor wear to hinges and edges of boards. Illustrated with some illustrations in full color. Occasional smudge marks to interior but clean overall. A few previous owner markings to endpapers. In addition to lessons, it includes readings, basic vocabulary, and six songs in French with musical scores. 112 pages. CHILD/062520. Very Good.
Hertford: Stephen Austin, No date, circa late 19th century. Paperback. INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR ON THE FRONT COVER. Very good in beige paper wrappers with black title to front wrapper. Small closed tear to back wrap. Minor browning and wear to edges. From the Author written on front wrapper in upper right-hand corner. Sporatic foxing throughout. Text is bright. 36 pages. Linguistics. LIN111101. Very Good.
New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1856. Hardcover. Revised American Edition, with many illustrations. Bound in three quarter tan leather over marbled paper covered boards. Title label is heavily chipped and mostly gone. Rubbing and scuffing to spine and boards and edges. Inner front and rear hinges are starting. Full marbled edges and marbled endpapers. Interior is clean overall with occasional spots of foxing / soiling to margins - heaviest on first few pages. Previous owner's name in pen to title page. 1058 pages with 2 pages of ads. REF/112122. Very Good.
New York and Tokyo: John Weatherhill Inc, 1972. STATED FIRST EDITION. Hardcover. 8vo. Grey cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front board. Very clean interior with tight binding. Signed by previous owner on ffep. Cock to spine. Grey dj with red spine panel and black title to spine. Very minor wear to edges of dj. A useful reference for any student of Japanese. Preface and notes are in English; Index with characters and translation are in Japanese. 359 pp. JAP/071705. Near Fine in Near Fine dj.
Leipzig (Lipsiae): Gottfried Liebezeit, 1692. Hardcover. This is an important early Hebrew-Chaldean-Latin biblical lexicon. Its author, Heinrich Opitz, was the son of a silk merchant and was appointed to the court orchestra of Duke Friedrich Wilhelm II at the age of thirteen because of his early interest in singing and music . In 1662, Opitz began studying at the University of Wittenberg, later the University of Jena , where he received a master's degree in 1665 . He next stayed in Leipzig and Hamburg and studied oriental languages. In 1667 Opitz traveled to Kiel. There he became a private lecturer. Another three years later he was granted a tour of the Netherlands and England in the course of studying oriental languages. To expand his knowledge, he visited the libraries in Leiden and Utrecht . In London he visited the royal library; at the same time he became friends with another orientalist, Edmund Castle . Opitz next stayed in Oxford and excerpted oriental manuscripts . He then returned to Kiel, but he couldn't find a job there and moved on to Jena. There he worked as an adjunct in the university's philosophy faculty . In 1675 he received a professorship for the Greek language in Kiel , three years later he became professor of oriental languages and in 1689 both professor and doctor of theology. In 1704 Opitz became senior consistorial councilor. Particularly noteworthy among his writings are his “Novum lexicon Hebraeo-Chaldaeo-biblicum”, Lips. 1692, 3rd edition 1714, and his “Biblia Hebraica”, Jena 1709, 2nd edition 1712. He worked on this work with great care for 30 years. He corrected each printed sheet himself six times. Both of these works continued to be used for many decades [Wikipedia]. Bound in contemporary vellum with titling to spine. Vellum is soiled, bumped and abraded. The front cover is slightly bowed. Joints are tender and the hinges are cracked, although the text block is still tight and firm. Front pastedown is cracked, revealing board underneath. Frontispiece engraving of author. Text pages are browned but still quite legible. Tiny ink annotations in the margins of many pages. Page edges are brownish red with a somewhat decorative design hand done in dark brown. There are also some handwritten notes in Hebrew and Latin to rear free endpapers. Apparently ex-library with tiny blank sticker to spine, acquisition number handwritten on front pastedown, and mostly illegible stamp to front free endpaper. A page with a typed in English with title, date and "on vellum" on later piece of paper is inserted opposite the front pastedown. It erroneously states that the book was printed in Hamburg. A nice copy in about very good condition despite flaws. Measures 6.5 x 8 inches. (12) +1095 pages. REL/091323. Very Good -.
Calcutta: G.H. Huttmann, Military Orphan Press, 1836. Hardcover. First edition. Sir William Henry "Thuggee" Sleeman (1788 - 1856) sailed to India to work for the East India Company early in life. He fought in the Gorkha War, remained in India, and joined a British campaign to investigate and prosecute "the Thugs" in Central India. "The Thugs" were a group of people notorious for befriending travelers, then robbing and murdering them. Sleeman spent most of his military career studying and apprehending thugs. This book collects correspondence between Sleeman and various informants, depositions, accounts of crimes committed and arrests, observations about the Thugs, lists of Thug families, and a list of Thug vocabulary with definitions. Bound in blue cloth covered boards. Professionally rebacked using the original spine and boards. Spine has faded to tan and boards are dark blue. Original paper title label to spine. Some soiling and rubbing to spine and boards. Wear and fraying to corners and edges of boards. Light dampstain to top and bottom margins of some pages. Sporadic foxing and occasional pencil markings. Includes three fold-out genealogies, some with short closed tears. It is missing the called for fourth leaf and the five page preface. 270 pages plus 514 pages of appendices. The last page, 515, of the appendix section is missing. Still an desirable copy of this scarce study of the infamous Thugs of India. (Text pages of the preface and 515 are provided in facsimlie.) IND/070722. Very Good.
Paris: Baudry, Librairie Europeenne, 1852. Hardcover. 8vo. Very good in full tree-calf binding with gilt title and decoration to spine. Wear to edges and spine ends. Front board is loose though binding remains tight. Marbled end pages and foreedge. Minor foxing throughout though text remains clean and bright. 724 pages. Reference/french language. FRELANG1/2042. Very Good.
New York: Jason Aronson, 1973. Hardcover. Volume I: Understanding the Symbolic Meaning of Language and Vol 2: Understanding the Unconcious Meaning of Language. Green cloth boards with gilt titles to spines. Clean, tight interiors. Orange and green dust jackets with white titles to spines. Vol I, 498 pages; Vol II, 437 pages. REF/050206. Very Good in Very Good dj.