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NARES, R[obert]. Elements of orthoepy: Containing a Distinct View of the whole analogy of the english language; so far as it relates to Pronunciation, Accent, and Quantity.

London. Printed for T. Payne and Son, 1784. First edition.
8vo. xxvi, [2], 372pp, [44].Contemporary gilt-ruled calf, morocco lettering-piece, marbled edges. Lightly rubbed, top compartment chipped and scored. Marbled endpapers, later book-label of H. J. L. Neale to FEP, pasted over contemporary armorial bookplate, and above the recent book-label of Eric Gerald Stanley, contemporary inked ownership inscription to title page, light damp-staining to head of all leaves at gutter, paper repairs to lowers corners of leaves Aa2-3, occasional spotting.
The first edition of philologist and clergyman Robert Nares' (1753-1829) study of English pronunciation which aimed to provide the linguistically insecure, and those aspiring to higher status, with guidance on how certain words were to be spoken, specifically those where the stress pattern was susceptible to variation. James Boswell thought highly of the book, claiming that he knew of no other work which contained 'in the same compass, more learning, polite literature, sound sense, accuracy of arrangement, and perspicuity of expression'.

Eric Gerald Stanley (1923-2018), scholar of Old English literature, Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at the University of Oxford.
£ 250.00 Antiquates Ref: 20316