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COOPER, Thomas. Thesaurus linguae Romanae & Britannicae, tam accurate congestus, vt nihil pene in eo desyderari possit, quod vel Latine complectatur amplissimus Stephani Thesaurus, vel Anglice, toties aucta Eliotae Bibliotheca: opera & industria Thomae Cooperi Magdalenensis...

Impressum Londini [i.e. London]. [in aedibus Henrici Bynnemani [by Henry Denham], 1584.
Folio. [1712]pp. Without initial and final blank. In this edition the title page has device with a chained bear, standing upright; line 12 of title ends 'cogni-'. Contemporary panelled calf, recently expertly rebacked and recornered to style, lettered in gilt. Boards rubbed and marked with some later calf repairs. Later inked ownership inscriptions of Matthew Wren to recto of FFEP and title page, some worming, damp-staining (with associated softening), and repairs to upper and lower edges, occasional closed tears, leaf Bbb4 seemingly inserted from another copy (edges trimmed).
First published in 1565, Anglican clergyman and theologian Thomas Cooper's (c.1517- 1594) renowned Latin-English dictionary was of the greatest importance in shaping Elizabethan education. It owes its name in part to Estienne's Thesaurus linguae Latinae (1532), and is indebted as well to Sir Thomas Elyot's dictionary of 1532 (Cooper later edited the Bibliotheca Eliotae), as well as to the literary humanist tradition of Northern Europe, notably Erasmus and Bude. The Thesaurus was a standard reference during the formative years of many Elizabethan dramatists, including notably, it is believed, William Shakespeare (evidence of this comes from close statistical inspection of Shakespeare's word usage).

Matthew Wren (1748-1770) of Wroxall, Warwickshire, matriculated University College Oxford on 3rd Sept 1765 aged 17, and proceeded to a B.A. in 1769. His great-grandfather was the renowned architect Sir Christopher Wren (1632–1723), who, in 1713, had purchased Wroxall Priory, the home of the Wren family until 1861.
ESTC S121950, STC 5689.
£ 625.00 Antiquates Ref: 12230