Londini (London): NP, 1584. Fourth edition. Hardcover. Folio (12 1/4 x 8 1/2"). Five preliminary leaves (Title, Epistola, Annotationes, Ad lectorem), followed by 780 leaves numbered: A.1-6; B.1-6; C.1-6; D.1-6; E.1-6; F.1-6; G.1-6; H.1-6; I.1-6; K.1-6; L.1-6; M.1-6; N.1-6; O.1-6; P.1-6; Q.1-6; R.1-6; S.1-6; T.1-6; V.1-6; X.1-6; Y.1-6; Aa.1-6; Bb.1-6; Cc.1-6; Dd.1-6; Ee.1-6; Ff.1-6; Gg.1-6; Hh.1-6; Ii.1-6; Kk.1-6; Ll.1-6; Mm.1-6; Nn.1-6; Oo.1-6; Pp.1-6; Qq.1-6; Rr.1-6; Ss.1-6; Tt.1-6; Vv.1-6; Xx.1-6; Yy.1-6; Aaa.1-6; Bbb.1-6; Ccc.1-6; Ddd.1-6; Eee.1-6; Fff.1-6; Ggg.1-6; Hhh.1-6; Iii.1-6; Kkk.1-6; Lll.1-6; Mmm.1-6; Nnn.1-6; Ooo.1-6; Ppp.1-6; Qqq.1-6; Rrr.1-6; Sss.1-6; Ttt.1-6; Vvv.1-6; Xxx.1-6; Yyy.1-6; Aaaa.1-6; Bbbb.1-6; Cccc.1-6; Dddd.1-6; Eeee.1-6; Ffff.1-6; Gggg.1-6; Hhhh.1-6; Iiii.1-6; Kkkk.1-6; Llll.1-6; Mmmm.1-6; Nnnn.1-6; Oooo.1-6; Pppp.1-6; Qqqq.1-6; Rrrr.1-6; Ssss.1-6; Tttt.1-6; Vvvv.1-6; Xxxx.1-6; Yyyy.1-6; Aaaaa.1-6; Bbbbb.1-6; Ccccc.1-6; Ddddd.1-6; Eeeee.1-6; Fffff.1-6; Ggggg.1-6; Hhhhh.1-6; Iiiii.1-6; Kkkkk.1-6; Lllll.1-6; Mmmmm.1-6; Nnnnn.1-6; Ooooo.1-6; Ppppp.1-6; Qqqqq.1-6; Rrrrr.1-6; Sssss.1-6; Ttttt.1-6; Vvvvv.1-6; Xxxxx.1-6; Yyyyy.1-6; Aaaaaa.1-6; Bbbbbb.1-6; Cccccc.1-6; Dddddd.1-6; Eeeeee.1-6; Ffffff.1-6; Gggggg.1-6; Hhhhhh.1-6; Iiiiii.1-6; Kkkkkk.1-6; Llllll.1-6; Mmmmmm.1-6; Nnnnnn.1-6; Oooooo.1-6; Pppppp.1-6; Qqqqqq.1-6; Rrrrrr.1-6; Ssssss.1-6; Tttttt.1-6; Vvvvvv.1-6. 19th-century 3/4 calf over cloth, with gold lettering to spine. Raised bands. All paper edges red. Woodcut device on title. Woodcut initials and tailpiece.
Originally published in 1565, Thomas Cooper’s famous Latin English dictionary was of the greatest importance in shaping Elizabethan education. It owes its name in part to Estienne’s "Thesaurus linguae Latinae" of 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 Edmund Spencer, Christopher Marlowe, William Shakespeare* and Ben Jonson; and for scholars today it remains one of the most important books for the study of the English idiom of the Elizabethan period. [For more information, see: STC 5688; Vancil, p. 59; Zaunmuller, col. 120; Starnes, Renaissance Dictionaries, chapt. VIII. Green. I. Humanism and Protestantism in early modern English education].
Closed tear along front joint. Binding rubbed along edges and spine. Offsetting to covers. Modern endpapers. Contemporary previous owner's inscription in ink on title. Title page darkened, partly creased, and repaired along fore-edge (not affecting lettering). Minor worming, and clear water-staining along upper margin of pages throughout (not affecting lettering). Minor and sporadic contemporary ink or wine stains to some pages. Offsetting to some pages. Text in Latin and English. Binding in overall good-, interior in good- to good+ condition. g- to g+. Item #42191
* William Shakespeare is believed to have used Cooper's "Thesaurus" in the creation of his many poems and plays. (Evidence of this comes from a close statistical inspection of Shakespeare's word usage).