The Royal Dictionary / Le Dictionnaire Royal
1729—Abel Boyer's French / English, English / French impressive dictionary
New edition (revised, corrected and improved, with the addition of some thousands of new words and phrases). Hardback, full leather binding with five raised bands and contrasting title label to spine. Fold-out frontispiece of the author. 27 × 20.5cm, unpaginated but text block is 7.5cm thick.
Full title: Le Dictionnaire Royal Francois—Anglois et Anglois—Francois: Tire des Meilleurs Autuers, qui ont ecrit dans ces Deux Langues; The Royal Dictionary, French and English and English and French: Extracted from the Writings of the Best Authors in Both Languages.
Abel Boyer (1667—1729) was a French-English lexicographer and his Royal Dictionary was first published in 1702. It was composed for the use of Prince William, Duke of Gloucester to whom Boyer had been employed as French teacher, and was considered the most superior French dictionary of the time. The first section of the book is French / English, the second half (with second title page) is English / French.
This copy is in fair condition. The leather is worn with quite severe peeling to the boards. The front joint is cracked and weak but still holding. The book opens to the half-title which creased, with a previous owner's inscription to the front pastedown (Thomas Bonner, Junior, High Callerton, nr Pontefract). However, the contents are in better condition with secure binding. The pages are clean but with some age-toning.Sold