The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.220  Thursday, 1 May 2014


From:        Hardy M. Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         Thursday, May 1, 2014

Subject:    Lexicons of Early Modern English


Lexicons of Early Modern English 


Recently added to LEME

  1. Stephen Batman, “A note of Saxon wordes” (1581)
  2. Richard Boothby, A Brief Discovery or Description of the Most Famous Island of Madagascar (1646)
  3. Thomas Dekker, O per se O (1612)
  4. John Heydon, “A Chymical Dictionary” (English; 1662): 70 word-entries.
  5. Gregory Martin, The New Testament of the English College of Rheims (1582)
  6. Gerhard Mercator, Historia Mundi Or Mercator’s Atlas (1635)
  7. John Ogilby, Asia, the First Part (1673)
  8. John Rider’s Bibliotheca Scholastica (English-Latin, 1589): 42,000 word-entries and sub-entries.
  9. Richard Rowlands’ A Restitution of Decayed Intelligence in Antiquities (1605; Richard Verstegan; text replaced by an extended and analyzed version)
  10. Nicholas Stone, Enchiridion of Fortification (1645)
  11. John Thorie, The Theatre of the Earth (1601; place-names): 3,100 word-entries.
  12. John Turner, A Book of Wines (1568)

Neither Rider nor Thorie has been transcribed before.


The addition of Rider’s Bibliotheca Scholastica completes LEME’s series of major English bilingual dictionaries and monolingual glossaries (Thomasius, Rider, Hollyband, Florio, Minsheu, Cawdrey, Cotgrave) published during Shakespeare’s career. Thorie’s Theatre continues LEME’s series of proper- and place-name dictionaries (Rowlands and Dodderidge). LEME now has 633,000 word-entries.

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