Re: [pepysdiary] Robert Cawdrey. A Table Alphabeticall (1604)
- Michael R,
Fascinating: of Cawdrey I was unaware. Thanks.
At 06:41 PM 4/6/2007 +0000, you wrote:
>Hard Wordes in Plaine English
>By Scott McLemee
>Longtime readers of Intellectual Affairs may recall that this column
>occasionally indulges in reference-book nerdery. So it was a pleasant
>but appropriate surprise when the Bodleian Library of the University
>of Oxford provided a copy of its new edition of the very first
>dictionary of the English language. It has been out of print for
>almost 400 years, and the Bodleian is now home to the one known copy
>of it to have survived.
>Available now as The First English Dictionary, 1604 (distributed by
>the University of Chicago Press
>http://www.press.uchicago.edu/cgi-bin/hfs.cgi/00/230289.ctl), the work
>was originally published under the title A Table Alphabeticall. It was
>compiled in the late 16th century by one Robert Cawdrey. The book did
>not bring him fame or fortune, but it went through at least two
>revised editions within a decade. That suggests there must have been a
>market for Cawdrey's guide to what the title page called the "hard
>usuall English wordes" that readers sometimes encountered "in
>Scripture, Sermons, or elswhere."
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Fascinating - I especially liked the definition of decision. Never heard of him before - a great find! Thanks!
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