Les epithetes françoises, ranges sous leurs substantifs. Ouvrage utile aux poëtes, aux Orateurs, aux jeunes gens qui entrent dans la carriere des Sciences, & à tiys ceux qui velent ecrire correctement, tan en Vers qu’en Prose…

Lyon: Chez Pierre Bruyset Ponthus, 1759. First edition of an interesting French word book by the Abbé Daire (1713-1792), known for his historical works (Histoire de la ville d’Amiens, Histoire civile, ecclésiastique et littéraire de la ville et du doyenné de Montdider, etc.). In his preface the author is careful to distinguish the difference between the words “épithete” and “adjectif.” Where an adjective describes the physical and common properties of objects, and epithet designates that with is particular and distinctive about persons or things, whether for good or for ill. Title-page in black and red. Corners worn, otherwise a very good copy. Contemporary mottled calf, gilt spine with brown morocco label, edges stained red. [xvi], 456 pp. Item #13256

Cioranescu 22121.

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