Lot 687
  • 687

Ray, John

1,500 - 2,500 USD
8,750 USD
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  • Dictionariolum trilingue: secundum locos communes, nominibus usitatioribus Anglicis, Latinis, Græcis, ordiné parallelos [Graece] dispositis. Londini: Typis Andreæ Clark, impensis Thomæ Burrel, ad insigne Pilæ auratæ sub Æde S. Dunstani in vico vulgò vocato Fleetstreet, 1675
  • ink, paper, leather
4to (7 1/8 x 4 1/4 in.; 182 x 108 mm). Title within double-ruled border, preface and notes in English and dictionary organized in alphabetical lists of English words, errata on M4r.  Contemporary red morocco, paneled gilt, with crowned cipher of CC addorsed between feathers at corners, for Charles II, bound by Samuel Mearne for the Royal Library, the spine in six compartments gilt (one lettered), plain endpapers; rebacked, marginal staining to pastedowns, three cornerpieces slightly rubbed.


Halstead Place, Kent (book label) — Bloomsbury London, 23 September 2010, lot 367. acquisition: Purchased at foregoing sale through Bernard Quaritch




Wing R391; ESTC R9712. Binding: Nixon, English Restoration Bindings, p. 12

Catalogue Note

First edition, bound for King Charles II. Most documentary evidence for the Mearne binder's work is found in a list preserved at Longleat (Thynne papers, vol. LXXXIII, ff. 23a-31b—the brothers Henry and James Thynne were Charles II's librarians): "[E]ndorsed Catalogue of Bookes belonging to the King's Library at St. James's in the hands of Mr. Merne..."

Nixon notes that this copy "is listed 29b (third in the octavos with authors beginning with R) showing that it was the copy deposited under the terms of the Licensing Acts in the Royal Library at St. James's during the 1670s ... the same royal cypher tools were used ... all appear to have been used exclusively by Mearne."