The Elements of the English Language
1765, in French & English, Les Elemens de la Langue Angloise
Second edition, full leather with five raised bands and gilt titling and design to spine. Page edges dyed red. 18 × 11cm, viii + 433pp, 3pp ads. Main text in French and English, printed in triple column format.
A guide to the English language "explained in a new, easy, and concise manner, by way of dialogue. In which the pronunciation is taught by an union of letters that produces similar sounds in French, and the true quantity of each syllable is determined. With a vocabulary, and familiar phrases, and dialogues, very useful for those who desire to speak English correctly in a short time." An introduction to English, with introductory notes and vocabulary, but the main part is the dialogues, for example: Are there no exceptions to this rule? / aire thaire no ec-sep-chiennz tou thiz roule? / N'y a-t-il point d'exceptions a cette regle?
This copy is in very good condition for age. The leather is in good order with light wear to the spine ends and corners, and a few signs of old worming at the base of the spine. The page have some age-related toning, and there is some old worming to the margins but not affecting the text. The inner binding is secure.