First 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, Lawes. 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. London: Printed by Tho. Newcomb, For John Martin and Henry Herringman, 1670.  pp. Errata leaf misbound before preface. Main text printed in parallel columns. Folio (11-1/4" x 7"). Recent library buckram, red and black lettering pieces, paper shelf label and gilt institution name to spine, small security tag and blind-stamped institution name to front board, endleaves added. Negligible light rubbing to extremities. Moderate toning to text, faint dampstaining to lower corner of preliminaries, light soiling and edgewear to preliminaries, lower section of dedication leaf neatly detached, two later owner signatures to head of title page ("Johnson" and "Isaac Blacksford"), another signature ("Isaac Blackford 1832") to head of leaf Yy2, verso, library stamps to edges and endleaves. $450. * First edition. Blount was a barrister and a member of the Inner Temple. Prohibited to practice at the Bar because he was a Catholic, and blessed with a large private income, Blount turned to legal scholarship and lexicography. He 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 Engli.
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