Handsome Copy of a Notable Eighteenth-Century Dictionary Vicat, B[eat]-Phil[ippe] [1715-1770], Compiler. [Ferrigno, Pasquale (fl. 1760), Editor]. Vocabularium Juris Utriusque ex Variis Ante Editis, Praefertim ex Alexand. Scoti, Jo. Kahl, Barn. Brissonnii, et Jo. Gottl. Heineccii Accessionibus. Auctior Atque Emendatior. Naples: Sumptibus Joannis Gravier, 1760. Four volumes. Main text in parallel columns. Copperplate pictorial frontispiece in Volume I. Octavo (7-1/2" x 4-3/4"). Contemporary calf, cat's paw decoration to boards, gilt spines with raised bands and lettering pieces, gilt tooling to board edges, marbled endpapers, speckled edges. Moderate rubbing to extremities, corners bumped and lightly worn, a few minor worm holes, a few boards slightly bowed, small chip to head of spine of Volume I. Light toning to text, light foxing in a few places. A well-preserved handsome set. $850. * Second edition. As Vicat explains in his preface, he compiled this dictionary from those of Francois Hotoman, Barnabe Brisson, Johannes Calvinus (Kahl) and, especially, Alexander Scotus to bring their "excellent" work to a wider audience. More important, by combining these works and filling the gaps with original entries he was able to create a dictionary that covered the whole language of the law. Vicat's definitions are brief, but they contain comprehensive references to authorities and texts as well as conjugations, common phrases using the words, metaphors, alternate definitions and antonyms. The first edition was published in 1759. Vicat was a jurist and the director of the University of Lausanne from 1749 to 1762. A pioneer in library science, he was the first to issue a printed library catalogue. British Museum Catalogue (Compact Edition) 26:118.
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