1710 Du Cange GLOSSARIUM AD SCRIPTORES MEDIAE INFIMAE LATINITATIS - 3 Volumes A-Z Complete
GLOSSARIUM AD SCRIPTORES MEDIAE INFIMAE LATINITATIS in quo Latina Vocabula novatae significationis, aut Usus rarioris, Barbara & Exotica explicantur, eorum, Notiones & Originationes reteguntur...Charles du Fresne, sieur DU CANGE.
FRANKFURT (Francofurti ad Moenum, Ex Officina Zunneriana), 1710. (First published in 1678 and expanded with successive editions.)
THREE LARGE VOLUMES, complete as issued (A-C, D-N, O-Z).
3 Large Hardcover Books, cloth covered boards, gilt lettering and design on spines, 8.5x14 inches (22x35.5 cm), frontispiece engraving in Volume I. Pagination: Vol. I A-C: (7) ff., 88 pp., (then in 2 columns) coll. 91 to 185, coll. 1 to 1462; Vol. II D-N: Vol. III O-Z: (1) f., 925 coll., (2) ff., 870 coll.; 1735 coll., 11 engraved plates, (2) ff., 91 pp.
Condition: All volumes have foxing and age toning, all pages are a bit tightly bound at the gutter making the words at the gutter edge sometimes difficult to read; the inner rear hinge of all volumes is split but holding. Volume I has paper repairs to its frontispiece and title page; the following two leaves are loose, creased and chipped at their left edges, the second of the two leaves with chips affecting words at the binding edge; the last leaf of text is loose but complete, and a blank endpaper is also loose; both the front and rear hinge of this volume are split but holding; still a complete Volume I with all pages except those noted remaining tight and well bound. Volumes II and III are both complete and well bound, with the expected foxing and age toning as noted above. The covers of all volumes are in good condition, with some rubbing and a few bumped corners, they look lovely on the shelf.
A complete 3 volume set of this important 1710 edition of Du Cange's Latin Glossary.
About DU CANGE (from Wikipedia):
******Charles du Fresne, sieur du Cange, b.1610 d.1688, was a distinguished French philologist and historian of the Middle Ages and Byzantium.
Du Cange's most important work is his Glossarium ad scriptores mediae et infimae Latinitatis (Glossary of writers in medieval and late Latin, Paris, 1678, 3 vol.), revised and expanded in later editions. This work is still consulted frequently by scholars today. Du Cange's pioneering work distinguished medieval Latin and Greek from their earlier classical forms, marking the beginning of the study of the historical development of languages.
Du Cange is one of the historians Edward Gibbon cites most frequently in his Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. In one footnote he calls du Cange "our sure and indefatigable guide in the Middle Ages and Byzantine history."******
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