philology

[ Fitzedward Hall, American orientalist and contributor to the Oxford English Dictionary. ] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Mr. Harrison', regarding the stock of the London bookseller Edward Lumley.

Author: 
Fitzedward Hall (11825-901), American Orientalist, and philologist, Sanskrit scholar and a principal contributor to the Oxford English Dictionary
Publication details: 
Marlesford, Wickham Market [ Suffolk ]. 8 March 1878.
£220.00

3pp., 8vo. Bifolium on grey paper. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Harrison had previously procured, 'for the Library', a copy of 'Romantic Fiction', 'published by Edward Lumley, 40, Gower Street': 'At the end of the volume there is a catalogue of various books published by the same person. | Wishing to procure several of these, I wrote to my bookseller, Trübner, to get them for me.

[ Printed volume. ] An Universal Etymological English Dictionary; comprehending The Derivations of the Generality of Words in the English Tongue, [...] To which is added, A Collection of our most common Proverbs, [...].

Author: 
'N. Bailey, [Philologos]' [ Nathan Bailey (d.1742), philologist and lexicographer ]
Publication details: 
'The Three and Twentieth Edition, with considerable Improvements'. London: Printed for J. Buckland, J. Beecroft, W. Strahan, J. Hinton, J. and F. Rivington, [and 29 others in London] 1773.
£45.00

A bulky 8vo volume, unpaginated. In fair condition, on aged paper, with damp staining to the last few leaves. In worn contemporary brown-leather binding, with spine in six compartments, and red label with title in gilt. Six copies of this edition on COPAC.

[Georg Friedrich Creuzer.] Printed item: 'Oratio de Civitate Athenarum Omnis Humanitatis Parente, qua Literarum Graecarum Cathedram. In Academia Leidensi. Auspicaturus erat.'

Author: 
Frederici Creuzeri, Graecarum Latinarumque Literarum in Academia Heidelbergensis Professoris P. O. [Georg Friedrich Creuzer (1771-1858), German philologist and archaeologist]
Publication details: 
Lugduni Batavorum apud van Laar et Herdingh, 1809.
£120.00

[6] + 66pp., 8vo. Disbound. In fair condition, on aged and spotted paper. Creuzer's work was controversial. He was attacked by Johann Gottfried Jakob Hermann, Johann Heinrich Voss and Christian Lobeck, and praised by Hegel.

[Geologist] Autograph Letter Signed "John Carrick Moore" to Lady Eastlake, born Elizabeth Rigby, author, art critic and art historian, on W.E. Gladstone's scholarship [Prime Minister].

Author: 
John Carrick Moore (1805-98), geologist
Publication details: 
113 Eaton Square, Saturday [no date given].
£80.00

Four pages, 12mo, closely written, good condition. "Your approval of my criticism on the '[?] of Hector' has greatly gratified me. Gladstone is twenty fold a better Grecian than S.C.M., but he is crochetty, and a crochetty man sees what no one else sees, and refuses to see the palpable. I have not seen his colour blindness paper: but ifd he says there is no 'blue' in the Iliad he is distinctly wrong.

Autograph Letter Signed from Georgina Max Müller to an unnamed correspondent, describing the difficulties in preparing the biography of her late husband the philologist Friedrich Max Müller.

Author: 
Georgina Adelaide Müller [née Georgina Adelaide Grenfell] (c.1834-1919), wife of the Sanskrit scholar, philologist and orientalist Friedrich Max Müller (1823-1900)
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 7 Norham Gardens, Oxford. 24 March 1901.
£125.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. Very good, on lightly-aged paper. Addressed to 'Dear Sir' and signed 'Georgina Max Müller'. She begins by explaining that she has only just received the copy of the New York Saturday Review, having received his letter four days before. 'I see the Paragraph mixes up two Books | 1 The Autobiography pub. yesterday by Messrs Scribners of New York, & Messrs Longmans London, on which my dear husband was at work till 10 days before the end - & which has been prepared for Press by my son.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Richd. Morris') from the philologist Rev. Richard Morris, Headmaster of the Royal Masonic Institution for Boys, to J. T. Baron of Blackburn, giving publication details of two of his works.

Author: 
Rev. Richard Morris (1833-1894), English philologist, Headmaster of the Royal Masonic Institution for Boys, 1875-1888
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Royal Masonic Institution for Boys, Wood Green, London. 10 June 1882.
£60.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Very good on lightly-aged paper. In original envelope, with stamp and postmarks, addressed by Morris to Baron at 18 Griffin Street, Witton, Blackburn. Morris begins by giving details of the availability of his 'Etymology of Local Names' and 'Historical Outlines', before informing Baron (a brazen autograph hunter) that he does not know 'Wm. Morris' Address, but a letter addressed to him & sent to his publisher would be forwarded'.

Poems of Rural Life in Common English.

Author: 
William Barnes [Dorset dialect poetry]
Publication details: 
London: Macmillan and Co. 1868. [London: Printed by Spottiswoode and Co., New-Street Square and Parliament Street.]
£65.00

First edition. 8vo: xii + 200 + [iv] pp. (the last four pages an unpaginated publisher's catalogue). In original blue cloth, gilt. Fair, tight copy, on lightly-aged paper, with some spotting to endpapers. Binding with dulled spine and minor spotting. Bookplate of the Rev. English Crooks. Binders ticket ('BOUND BY BURN & CO.') to rear pastedown. Half-title reads 'RURAL POEMS'. The 'translation' of the three collections beginning with 'Poems of Rural Life in the Dorset Dialect' (1844).

Autograph Letter Signed ('Louis Havet, professeur au Collège de France, 16 place Vendôme') to 'Monsieur le Directeur du Journal de Bruxelles, Belgique'.

Author: 
Louis Havet (1849-1925), French philologist whose classical library was acquired by the University of California
Publication details: 
14 May 1889; Paris.
£65.00

12mo, 1 p, 14 lines. Good, on light-brown paper, with the address, stamps, and postmarks on the reverse. In French. He sends his thanks to the 'Journal de Bruxelles' for reproducing his 'article sur la réforme de l'orthographe'. He is sending a petition (not present) which 'en ce moment ce couvre de signatures à Paris', and will be personally grateful if his correspondent can see to it that it is reproduced 'avec les indications qui l'accompagnent'. Loose in blue paper folder with catalogue entry for the previous sale of the letter laid down on front.

Autograph note signed to unnamed male correspondent,

Author: 
Friedrich Max Müller
Publication details: 
11 April 1900, with letterhead 7 Norham Gardens, Oxford.
£50.00

Orientalist and philologist (1823-1900). One page, 12mo. "Sir / I am still on the invalid list, and in answer to your question can only say that we have no means of knowing the language of the builders of the Tower of Babel". Müller died 28 October 1900. Traces of mount to verso of blank second leaf.

one autograph letter signed to [?] Mathews,

Author: 
Friedrich Max Müller
Publication details: 
Saturday [no date], Dudley Villas, Wilton, Droitwich.
£30.00

Orientalist and philologist (1823-1900). 2 pp, 12mo. "Here we have been for about a fortnight, - it is a very dreary place, but the brine baths seem to do my wife good, and so we must stay on for another week. Birmingham, I see, is so near that I should like to run over and see you again and have a quiet talk, supposing that you are not entirely absorbed in business. Perhaps you would let me know what day would suit you best. I cannot ask you to come over here, it is too dreary. My poor wife cannot come with me, she has to take a bath every day." Slight discolouration.

Autograph letter signed to "Dr Rost "(Ger.-Eng. orientalist)

Author: 
Hyde Clarke
Publication details: 
28/10/82
£35.00

Philologist and anthropologist. One page, 8vo. He expresses his appreication of Rost's "portrait" of (the recently deceased) Dr Burnell (Sanskrit scholar). It is a memorial which make sus mourn the more in knowing how much we lost".

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