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Glossary of Medieval Latin Terms – Charles du Fresne, sieur Du Cange – Frankfurt am Main, 1710 – Three Volumes – ...

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Glossary of Medieval Latin Terms – Charles du Fresne, sieur Du Cange – Frankfurt am Main, 1710 – Three Volumes – Engravings
Glossarium ad Scriptores Mediae et Infimae Latinitatis. Frankfurt am Main: Zunneriana, 1710. Latin. Three volumes.
Glossary of terms, shedding light on developments in Latin vocabulary in the Middle Ages, and the influences absorbed from "barbaric" languages; second, expanded edition of the influential work by the renowned French philologist and historian Charles du Fresne, sieur Du Cange (1610-1688). The significance of this work, derived from a wide variety of sources, lies in the historical distinction it draws between Classical Latin and later versions of the language that reflect modifications that appear under the Byzantine Empire and subsequently in the medieval period. The research conducted for this composition earned Du Cange a reputation as a founding father in the field of historical linguistics.
The book features 18 engravings – the frontispiece and 17 others – including 11 presenting Christian coins, kings, and saints of the Byzantine Empire (placed at the end of the first volume; these originally appeared alongside a brief discussion of Byzantine coins at the end of the third volume), and six engravings featuring medallions and monograms of European kings (in the second volume).
Three volumes. Vol. 1: [7] ff., 88 pp., 91-186 columns (columns 89-90 are skipped in the numbering); 1462 columns + [1] engraved frontispiece + XI engraved plates. Vol. 2: [1] f., 870 columns + [1] pl. (unnumbered engraving following column 718); [1] f., 926 columns (i.e 922; columns 641-46 are skipped in the numbering). Part I bound after Part II. Vol. 3: [1] f., 1736 columns, [2] ff., 91 pp. 35.5 cm. Stains, mostly minor; and minor wear. Creases and tears to edges of several leaves, with no damage to text. Worming to first leaves of Vol. 3. Bookplates on inside front bindings. Leather-covered bindings, with abrasion and wear, and with minor tears to edges of spines.

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