Romae (Rome): NP, 1808. First edition. Hardcover. Large quarto (11 1/2 x 8 1/2"). VII, , 368pp (Text), 8pp (Appendix), pp (Errata). Original full vellum with gold lettered leather title label on spine. All paper edges red. Engraved title vignette.
Fifteen years before the decipherment of the hieroglyphs by Jean-François Champollion (1823), Ignazio Rossi's "Etymologiae Aegyptiacae" was one of the first works which attempted to establish the relations between Coptic and other languages.
A brilliant Semitist, Rossi compared Coptic words with related expressions in Semitic (Hebrew, Aramaic, Arabic), Latin and Greek.
Binding with some worming to spine. Minor and sporadic worming along inner gutter (not affecting text). Book block partly detached. Text in Latin. Binding in overall good- to good, interior in good+ to very good condition. g to vg. Item #42640