Expanded Edition of Blount's Dictionary Blount, Thomas [1618-1679]. Nomo-Lexikon: A Law-Dictionary, Interpreting Such Difficult and Obscure Words and Terms, As are Found Either in Our Common or Statute, Ancient or Modern, Laws. With References to the Several Statutes, Records, Registers, Law-Books, Charters, Ancient Deeds, And Manuscripts, Wherein the Words are Used: And Etymologies, Where They Properly Occur. With Some Corrections, And the Addition of Above Six Hundred Words. London: Printed for H. Heringman, T. Newcomb, R. Chiswel, and R. Bently, 1691.  pp. Main text printed in parallel columns. Folio (12-1/2" x 7-1/4"). Recent period-style quarter calf over marbled boards, raised bands, blind ornaments and lettering piece to spine, endpapers renewed, title page and following leaf re-hinged. Light browning and occasional light foxing to text, brief annotations in a few places, some soiling, edgewear, later owner signature and very faint library stamp to title page, lighter edgewear to final leaf. A nice copy in an attractive binding. $950. * Second edition, with "the Addition of Above Six Hundred Words." Blount was a barrister and a member of the Inner Temple. Prohibited to practice at the Bar because he was a Catholic, Blount turned to legal scholarship and lexicography. Blount aimed to correct the defects he found in Cowell's Interpreter (1607) and Rastell's Termes de la Ley (1523). In his preface, he observed that Cowell "is sometimes too prolix in the derivation of a Word, setting down several Authors Opinions, without categorically determining which is the true"; Rastell "wrote so long hence, that his very Language and manner of expression was almost antiquated." He hoped that by correcting these flaws he would create a dictionary useful to everyone in the profession from "the Coif to the puny-Clerk." The Nomo-Lexikon is clearer and more detailed than its predecessors. It is also the first English-language dictionary with entries that include word etymologies and citations. An immediate success that quickly supplanted its predecessors, it was reissued in larger and revised editions throughout the eighteenth century. Starnes and Noyes, The English Dictionary from Cawdrey to Johnson 46. English Short-Title Catalogue R231079.
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