Lhuyd, Edward

Archaeologia britannica; Giving some account additional to what has been hitherto publish'd of the languages, histories and customs of the original inhabitants of Great Britain: from collections and observations in travels through Wales, Cornwal, Bas-Bretagne, Ireland and Scotland. Vol. I Glossography.

Published: Publisher: The Author,Oxford, 1707. (), 436 p., index.

Date: 1707

Title page with engraving of Oxford's Sheldonian Theatre, 2p list of subscribers, dedications, 436 pp and index. Folio half leather with marbled boards, some small scuff marks. Spine has 5 raised bands and gilt tooling, with dark red label. Interior clean and bright. Bookplate of George Smith, Treliske, Cornwall.

Lhuyd (1660-1707), born near Oswestry, was a Welsh philologist and natural historian scholar at Jesus College, Oxford, and Curator of the Ashmolean Museum. From 1695 to 1701 he travelled exhaustively through the Celtic countries; this volume (only v. I was published) is the result. In many ways Lhuyd anticipated the methods of modern comparative linguistics. His book is also a fascinating source of material on late Cornish, still spoken when Lhuyd made his journey, and of course on the other languages studied.

Very good.

Half leather.


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