Item #54660 ENGLISH ETYMOLOGIES. H. Fox Talbot, William, Henry.


London: John Murray, 1847. First edition. 8vo., vii, 492 pp., with 16 pp. of advertisements dated January, 1847. Publisher's cloth decorated in blind and titled in gilt on the spine. Board tips slightly curled; light wear to the cloth. There is occasional foxing, primarily on the first few leaves of text; occasional light pencil notations. Original bookseller's ticket, "B. & J. F. Meehan, Export Booksellers, 32 Gay Street, Bath" is affixed to the front pastedown. A very good copy, housed in a clamshell box of half morocco and cloth. INSCRIBED by Talbot. Item #54660

Polymath, William Henry Fox Talbot, inventor of the negative/positive photographic process, the photogravure printing process, which afforded reproduction of images from life to ink on paper, translator of Assyrian cuneiform, and etymologist of the English language, here states, "in giving the opinion of previous inquirers, I have frequently quoted Johnson, and also Thompson's Etymons of English Words. But it is evident that Johnson had no taste for etymology, so that the assistance to be derived from him is usually rather meagre." This copy is inscribed in the authors small neat hand, "W. H. Jones, From the Author, March 1877." Talbot died just a few months later on September 17, 1877, age 77.

Limited to 500 copies.

Price: $2,850.00

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