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WALKER, William. ~ [A dictionarie of English and Latine idiomes wherein phrases of the English tongue answering in parallels each to the other are ranked under severall heads alphabetically set...] Idiomatologia Anglo-Latina, sive Dictionarium idiomaticum Anglo-Latinum: in quo phrases, tam Latinæ quam Anglicanæ linguæ sibi mutuò respondentes, sub certis quibusdam capitibus secundum alphabeti ordinem è regione collocantur. In usum tam peregrinorum, qui sermonem nostru Anglicanum, quàm nostratium, qui Latinum idioma callere student. Quarta editio. Cui acessit istiusmodi phrasium & idiomatum additio in utraque lingua ad minus trium millium. London: E. Horton for T Sawbridg, 1685.
Walker’s excellent Latin-English phrase book was first published in 1670 and was popular enough to run to six editions before the century’s close.
Arranged alphabetically beneath English word headings it provides short Latin phrases (usually with the classical source identified) and a corresponding English translation. Intended as an aid to polished Latin composition, it is not without a gentle humour. Phrases such as “They bring a company of girls with them” (ancillarem gregem ducunt seum) and “He might compare with Neptune himself for fishing” (Ipse Neptuno non cederet de piscatu) may well have appealed to the contemporary schoolboy.
Walker, best known for his more common Treatise of English Particles, was a Lincolnshire schoolmaster who became rector of Colsterworth, the birthplace of Isaac Newton. He was also headmaster of Grantham Free grammar school, but after Newton’s time. The two became acquainted at Colsterworth and one hopes that Walker’s facility with Latin had some influence on Newton’s own highly-accomplished Latin.
This copy belonged early to Anthony Grey Earl of Kent and was later in the collection of the English catholic poet and writer Maurice Baring and bears two examples of his very individual bookplate designed by Hilaire Belloc in 1897 with the text “Here goes a ship with a cargo of books to the city of dreams.”
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