Bibliotheca Spenceriana: Or, A Descriptive Catalogue of the Books Printed in the Fifteenth Century and of Many Valuable First Editions in the Library of George John Earl Spencer

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Page 182 - And afterward when I remembered myself of my simpleness and unperfectness that I had in both languages, that is, to wit, in French and in English, for in France was I never, and was born and learned mine English in Kent in the Weald where, I doubt not, is spoken as broad and rude English as in any place of England...
Page 286 - Sheffield, a mercer, came into a house and asked for meat, and especially he asked after eggs; and the good wife answered that she could speak no French, and the merchant was angry, for he also could speak no French, but would have had eggs, and she understood him not. And then at last another said, that he would have "eyren"; then the goodwife said that she understood him well. Lo, what should a man in these days now write, eggs or eyren?
Page 285 - I never saw tofore like, ne none so pleasant nor so well ordered : which book as me seemed should be much requisite to noble men to see, as well for the eloquence as...
Page 285 - I sitting in my study where as lay many divers pamphlets and books, happened that to my hand came a little book in French, which late was translated out of Latin by some noble clerk of France — which book is named Eneydos...
Page 287 - English, not in rude and old language, but in polished and ornate terms craftily, as he that hath read Virgil, Ovid, Tully, and all the other noble poets and orators to me unknown.
Page 582 - It has, however, other pretensions to be noticed and treasured by the curious; since it not only presents us with a specimen of a type —rarely used by JOHN ZEINER — and one of the earliest books printed at Ulm, but it contains some of the most curious and diverting woodcuts in the earlier annals of the arts of printing and engraving. There are also very few books, of the same date, which display equal spirit of execution, and if the printer had shewn the skill of modern typographers in working...
Page 286 - I could find;" on the other hand, "some gentlemen of late blamed me, saying that in my translations I had over many curious terms which could not be understood of common people, and desired me to use old and homely terms in my translations.
Page 286 - Some honest and great clerks have been with me and desired me to write the most curious terms that I could find...
Page 286 - English that is spoken in one shire varieth from another so much, that in my days happened that certain merchants were in a ship in Thames for to have sailed over the sea into Zealand, and for lack of wind they tarried at Foreland and went on land for to refresh them.
Page 293 - Then he said he knew a book which his father had and much loved, that was very true and according unto his own first book by him made ; and said more, if I would imprint it again he would get me the same book for a copy, howbeit he wist well that his father would not gladly depart from it.

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