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[HOGARTH, Richard]. Thesaurium Trilingue Publicum: being an introduction to english, latin and greek. In Two parts. The First, Teaching Orthography, and the exactest Way of Pointing yet extant: Also Two Lessons for every Day in the Week for Children, and an Alphabetical Table of most Primitive words, both Grammatically and truly divided; with a Catalogue of such words, as being the same in Sound differ in Spelling and Signification. The Second, Containing a Method for the more Speedy attaining the Greek Tongue.....

London. Printed by J.L. and are to be Sold by Randal Taylor..., 1689. First edition.
8vo. [8], 165pp, [3]. Contemporary panelled sheep, expertly rebacked, with portion of the earlier spine and contrasting morocco title lettering-piece laid down. A trifle rubbed to extremities, a little tearing to (later) endpapers), hinges exposed. Book-label of Eric Gerald Stanley to FEP; unintelligible biro inscription to FFEP; early initials (R.L) inscribed to head of title.
A rare seventeenth-century English schoolbook composed by Richard Hogarth (c.1663-1718), an impoverished English school-teacher and text-book writer better known as the father of English artist William Hogarth (1697-1764).

Albeit decidedly traditional in educational outlook, with the inclusion of a plan of lessons designed to inculcate 'several Vertues to the learn'd by Children, tending to the well governing of themselves as to most affairs of this Life' and, in the preface, a resistance to the spelling of 'every word according to the Pronunciation that time by Corruption has given them', this is nevertheless an accessible, lively production, with worked examples of correctly punctuated sentences, and an 'Alphabetical Dictionary of most Primitive Words....truly divided, for further Instruction to Youth'. The second part, an introduction to ancient Greek, pays particular attention to the 'true accenting thereof'. Published anonymously, the appearance of this work preceded his better known work, Gazophylacium Anglicanum (London, 1698), in effect an abridgement of Skinner's Etymologicon linguae Anglicanae.

Despite the enthusiasm of laudatory letters prefacing this work, it seems to have largely sunk without significant trace. ESTC locates just three copies in the UK (London Library, Oxford and Shrewsbury School), and four elsewhere (three at Harvard and another at the Clark Library, UCLA); it was never republished.

From the recently dispersed library of Eric Gerald Stanley (1923-2018), scholar of Old English literature, Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at the University of Oxford.
ESTC R25159. Wing H2366A.
£ 1,500.00 Antiquates Ref: 20280