Queen Anna's New World of Words, or Dictionarie of the Italian and English Tongues, Collected, and Newly Much Augmented by Iohn Florio, Reader of the Italian unto the Soueraigne Majestie Anna... Whereunto are Added Certaine Necessarie Rules and Short Observations for the Italian Tongue. John FLORIO.
Queen Anna's New World of Words, or Dictionarie of the Italian and English Tongues, Collected, and Newly Much Augmented by Iohn Florio, Reader of the Italian unto the Soueraigne Majestie Anna... Whereunto are Added Certaine Necessarie Rules and Short Observations for the Italian Tongue.
Queen Anna's New World of Words, or Dictionarie of the Italian and English Tongues, Collected, and Newly Much Augmented by Iohn Florio, Reader of the Italian unto the Soueraigne Majestie Anna... Whereunto are Added Certaine Necessarie Rules and Short Observations for the Italian Tongue.

Queen Anna's New World of Words, or Dictionarie of the Italian and English Tongues, Collected, and Newly Much Augmented by Iohn Florio, Reader of the Italian unto the Soueraigne Majestie Anna... Whereunto are Added Certaine Necessarie Rules and Short Observations for the Italian Tongue.

London: Melch. Bradwood [and William Stansby], for Edw. Blount and William Barret, 1611. Second, enlarged edition. Small folio. [xii], 617, [3], 617-690 pp, with some erratic pagination at intervals, lacking the blanks at the front and rear plus another at Fff4. Nineteenth century tan half calf over marbled boards for the Earls of Lothian with their gilt monogram to the head of the spine and their small Newbattle Abbey Library bookplate to the front pastedown, the earlier bookplate of William, Marquess of Lothian mounted to the foot of the title page. Engraved portrait of Florio. The title page sometime neatly laid down, subtle marginal repair to the final leaf, the spine ends, joints and corners sympathetically repaired, an attractive copy. John Florio (1553-1625) followed his Italian father into a career as a language tutor, mostly educating the children of ennobled and wealthy families. His first published work, "Florio his Firste Fruites" (1578), was a dual language collection of phrases and proverbs accompanied by an Italian grammar. In the succeeding decades he went on to publish several English translations of Italian texts along with a second grammar - "Florios Second Frutes" (1591). His ambitious "A Worlde of Wordes" first appeared in 1598, vastly superceding the only other Italian-English dictionary published to date, William Thomas' "Principal Rules of the Italian Grammer..." (1550). Drawing upon the texts of dozens of near contemporary Italian works, Florio produced a dictionary with over 40,000 entries. Including terms from high literature to the vernacular, it proved an invaluable tool for those attempting to come to an understanding of Italian literature which was hugely in vogue at the time. For this second edition, Florio claimed to have referenced over 250 works in Italian to expand the register to over 70,000 entries. It was dedicated to Queen Anne of Denmark, wife of James I of England, indicating the even more rarified circles Florio had begun to move in. There has been much speculation over the centuries as to the connection between Florio and Shakespeare, even to the wildly imaginative point that Florio could have been the real author of Shakespeare's plays. However, it is much more reasonable to observe that the two writers would almost certainly have been acquainted with each other, as they shared the Earls of Southampton and Pembroke as patrons and would certainly have been aware of each other's work. Indeed, Shakespeare quotes an Italian proverb directly from Florio's "First Fruites" in "Love's Labour's Lost", one of the many Shakespearean texts set in or associated with Italy and her language that would have benefited from Florio's scholarship. Florio worked on a third edition of his dictionary but the manuscript was only published after his death in 1659. His other major contribution to literature was his translation of Michel de Montaigne, the first into English, published in 1603 under the title "Essayes on Morall, Politike, and Millitarie Discourses..." Item #35854

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