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  • Duglison, Robley, M.D.
    A Public Discourse in Commemoration of Peter S. Du Ponceau, LL.D. Late President of the American Philosophical Society, Delivered Before the Society Pursuant to Appointment, on the 25th of October, 1844

    Philadelphia: Printed for the American Philosophical Society, 1844. Octavo (23 cm) in original green printed wraps; 44 pp. In ink on front cover: "J. S. Da Costa Macedo, Lisbon." Light damp stain to lower inner corner of text, small creases at top outer corner, VG clean and unworn otherwise. Peter Stephen Du Ponceau (1760-1844), having emigrated from France to America as a young man of seventeen in 1777, served as secretary to Baron von Steuben with the Continental Army in the Revolutionary War, during which time he became acquainted with Alexander Hamilton, the Marquis de Lafayette, James Monroe, and other notables. After the war, he settled in Philadelphia, where he became a respected lawyer and a pioneering linguist and…

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    Philadelphia: Printed for the American Philosophical Society, 1844. Octavo (23 cm) in original green printed wraps; 44 pp. In ink on front cover: "J. S. Da Costa Macedo, Lisbon." Light damp stain to lower inner corner of text, small creases at top outer corner, VG clean and unworn otherwise. Peter Stephen Du Ponceau (1760-1844), having emigrated from France to America as a young man of seventeen in 1777, served as secretary to Baron von Steuben with the Continental Army in the Revolutionary War, during which time he became acquainted with Alexander Hamilton, the Marquis de Lafayette, James Monroe, and other notables. After the war, he settled in Philadelphia, where he became a respected lawyer and a pioneering linguist and philologist especially noted for his study of the languages of Asia and the indigenous tribes of America. He joined the American Philosophical Society in 1791 and was its president from 1827 until his death. Includes a checklist of his publications. Macedo was Perpetual Secretary of the Royal Academy of Sciences of Lisbon. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

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    Book ID: 50669
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  • Epea pteroenta.. Or, the diversions of Purley by Tooke, John Horne, 1736-1812
    Tooke, John Horne, 1736-1812
    Epea pteroenta.. Or, the diversions of Purley

    London: Printed for the author, at J. Johnson's, 1798 , 1805. Two volumes. Part I, 1798, Part II, 1805. Second edition of Part I, first edition of Part II. pp (6), 534 + frontispiece by W. Sharp + plate at p 454; (8), (532), index. Contemporary tan calf, spines with raised bands, two label, gilt ornament to the compartments. Some uneven sunning and minor scuffing to covers; bit of wear to joints; each volume neatly repaired to the inner hinges with archival cloth tape. Vol. I has the shadow of a label removal inside front cover and slight foxing to the frontispiece and title page. In all, VG externally, internally clean, fresh, fine, now sound in the bindings. ESTC…

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    London: Printed for the author, at J. Johnson's, 1798 , 1805. Two volumes. Part I, 1798, Part II, 1805. Second edition of Part I, first edition of Part II. pp (6), 534 + frontispiece by W. Sharp + plate at p 454; (8), (532), index. Contemporary tan calf, spines with raised bands, two label, gilt ornament to the compartments. Some uneven sunning and minor scuffing to covers; bit of wear to joints; each volume neatly repaired to the inner hinges with archival cloth tape. Vol. I has the shadow of a label removal inside front cover and slight foxing to the frontispiece and title page. In all, VG externally, internally clean, fresh, fine, now sound in the bindings. ESTC T32791 >>> Tooke was an English clergyman, radical politician, and philologist, was " one of the most effective English agitators for parliamentary reform and freedom of dissent in the late 18th century. He attacked the powerful Whig magnates but stopped short of advocating democracy."- EB. He agitated for parliamentary reform and self-government for the American colonies (which landed him a prison term). An enthusiastic philologist, he was among the first to regard language as a product of historical development rather than as a fixed structure." - EB. The Diversions of Purley "is a treatise on etymology: the author contending that in all languages there are but two sorts of words necessary for the communication of thought, viz., nouns and verbs; that all the other so-called parts of speech are but abbreviations of these, and are 'the wheels of the vehicle language.' He asserts also that there are no indefinable words, but that every word, in all languages, has a meaning of its own. To prove this, he traces many conjunctions, prepositions, adverbs, etc., back to their source as comparisons or contractions; accounting for their present form by the assertion that 'abbreviation and corruption are always busiest with the words most frequently in use; letters, like soldiers, being very apt to desert and drop off in a long march'. Throughout the work, the author constantly refers to his imprisonment and trial, introducing sentences for dissection which express his political opinions, and words to be treated etymologically which describe the moral or physical defects of his enemies." - Bartleby. A third volume was contemplated but never finiished. Today his philology is regarded as eccentric and misguided. 4 kg parcel, extra shipping will be required.

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    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 52135
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  • BORROW, George
    ROMANO LAVO-LIL: word-book of the Romany or, English Gypsy language. With specimens of Gypsy poetry, and an account of certain Gypsies or places inhabited by them, and of various things relating to Gypsy Life in England

    London: John Murray, 1907. 4th printing (first was in 1874). Octavo, blue cloth. pp viii, 274, (10, ads). Spine faded; small damp spot to front cover; water ring stain to rear cover; page edges yellowed; presentation label and rubber stamp at front; else a VG clean, tight and unworn copy.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 39830
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  • LEHMAN, Winfred P., editor
    Syntactic Typology: Studies in the Phenomenology of Language

    Edition: First edition.

    Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 1978. Octavo, blue cloth. pp xiv, 463, (3), indexed. VG+ clean, tight and unworn jacketless copy, no owner names or text marks. 1.5 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 31292
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  • ANDRIOTES, Nic. P.
    THE CONFEDERATE STATE OF SKOPJE AND ITS LANGUAGE

    Edition: First edition.

    Athens, Greece: Author, 1957. Tall octavo, original cream printed card covers. pp (iv), 64, (2). Errata slip laid in. Tears to spine neatly repaired, slight soiling to rear cover, else a VG clean and tight copy, pages unopened at edges. Author was Professor of linguistics of the University of Thessaloniki. A pamphlet about the language of the people in the Yugoslavian People's Republic of Macedonia.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 30751
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  • HOGBEN, Lancelot, editor
    THE LOOM OF LANGUAGE

    New York: Norton, c1944. Salmon cloth. pp x, 692 + plates. Illustrations and tables in text. Index. Spine very lightly sunned, else a VG clean, tight and unworn jacketless copy. A very detailed and advanced account of languages ancient and modern. Note: a bit over 1 kg parcel, extra postage may be required.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 44313
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  • MONCALM, M. (pseud. of Mme. de Wagner)
    THE ORIGIN OF THOUGHT AND SPEECH. Translated from the French by G.S. Whitmarsh.

    Edition: First UK edition

    London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner, 1905. Green cloth. viii, (307), pp. Spine slightly tanned, sunned, page edges yellowed, else fine. The author cites Max Muller, Charles Darwin, and L. Noire as authors whose books she has consulted in writing this book.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 10472
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  • IZZO, Herbert J.
    TUSCAN & ETRUSCAN. The Problem of Linguistic Substratum Influence in Central Italy.

    Edition: First Edition

    University of Toronto Press, 1972. Black cloth, mulberry endpapers. [8], (239), pp. Fine copy, no previous owner marks. Price-clipped yellow dust jacket has fading to spine and upper margin of front panel; edge nicks and minor dust soiling; VG other wise. A refutation of the claim by many Romance scholars that some peculiarities of the modern Tuscan dialect are due to surviving influences of Etruscan.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 15997
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  • SONDER, Ambros, and Mina Grisch
    Vocabulari da Surmeir. Rumantsch-tudestg, tudestg-rumantsch.

    Coira (Chur), Switzerland: Leia Rumantscha, 1970. Octavo, blue cloth. Pp xl, 272, 192. Tidy ink name (date on other side) at top of front free endpaper, small corner crease to a few leaves, else fine.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.

    Book ID: 34519
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  • VIELI, Ramun and Alexi Decurtins
    VOCABULARI ROMONTSCH SURSILVAN-TUDESTG

    Cuera, Switzerland: Ligia Romontscha, 1981. Second edition. Octavo, brown cloth. Pp (xl), 829. Tidy ink name (date on other side) at top of front free endpaper, light sunning to front cover, else fine. A vocabulary of the Romansh language of Switzerland.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 34507
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