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LATHAM, R[obert] G[ordon]. The english language.

London. Printed for Taylor and Walton, 1848. Second edition.
8vo. xl, 581pp, [1]. Contemporary diced calf, contrasting red morocco lettering-piece, gilt. Lightly rubbed. Internally clean and crisp. Inked ownership inscriptions of the Earl of Lovelace, ink library stamps and blind stamps of Ben Damph Forest and East Horsely Tower.
A handsome copy of ethnologist and philologist Robert Gordon Latham's (1812-1888) study of the development of the English language, first printed in 1841.

East Horsley Tower was the Surrey estate, purchased in the 1840s, of William King-Noel, 1st Earl of Lovelace and his wife, Ada Lovelace (1815-1852), pioneering female scientist, computer programmer and the only legitimate child of George Gordon, Lord Byron. The couple would later acquire the estate of Ben Damph Forest, set in the Highlands of Achnasheen, Scotland.
£ 100.00 Antiquates Ref: 20795