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    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Linguistic Adventures
    Published since 22 Sep 2014

    Some years ago I bought a copy of “Bizarre Books, a compendium of classic oddities” (New York, 2007). Books like that are not only fun to read but also very useful as a reference work when hunting for ‘bizarre books’. Books with funny titles, obscure topics and unusual stories, especially the older ones, make me curious and greedy. Most of them are hard to find though. The first title I bought after reading ’Bizarre Books’ was a “Handbook on hanging” (London, 1928). Thanks to internet it came all the way from a little brick and mortar bookshop on Isle of Arran (of all places…) to my private library near Amsterdam. But the book that really caught my attention was “An Irishman's Difficulties with the Dutch Language” (Rotterdam, 1908) by ‘Cuey-na-Gael’.

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    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Reference Book of the Day: Erya
    Published since 10 Oct 2011

    The Erya (or Erh Ya) - the name means “approaching what is correct, proper, refined,” though it's sometimes translated as The Ready Guide - is the oldest dictionary of the Chinese language. The author is a mystery, and the traditional attribution to the Duke of Chou isn't taken seriously. The date, too, is a puzzler, though “scholars generally agree that it was written by Confucian scholars sometime between the Spring and Autumn period and early Han Dynasty (8th through 2nd centuries B.C.)” (Xue, p. 152). The third century BCE is a pretty good guess.

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    Bibliographies - Languages
    Published since 08 Jan 2010

    Online: Johann Severin Vater, Handbuch der Hebräischen, Syrischen, Chaldäischen und Arabischen Grammatik ... - Enslin, Grammars in Greek, Latin and the Oriental Languages

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