London: Printed for R. Baldwin, F. & C. Rivington, G. & J. Robinson, G. Wilkie, J. Walker, J. Mathews, C. Law, and T.N. Longman & O. Rees, 1802. Twenty-second edition of this popular grammar book, which was reprinted up until 1828. While it is thought that the first edition was likely published in London in 1711, the earliest edition ESTC notes is the third edition (1713) with holdings of only three copies, all in the U.K. All early editions are scarce, with ESTC recording fewer than seven copies of each. Title-page with woodcut vignette, initial letters, headpieces, and twenty-five woodcut illustrations. Text printed in two columns, with English on the right and Latin on the left. Binding extremities somewhat worn. Gutter margins of endpapers repaired with cloth tape. Light foxing, margins slightly shaved, just barely touching running headlines of a few leaves. Contemporary ink annotation to lower margin of p. 10. Engraving on p. 35 has been lightly colored in contemporary ink by a former owner. Discreet contemporary ink signature to upper margin of p. iii. A good copy. Contemporary sheep recently rebacked in calf with gilt-lettered red morocco spine label. Twelvemo. . viii, 123, [1, ad] pp. Item #16514
James Greenwood (1683?-1737) was a grammarian best known for his book An Essay towards a Practical English Grammar (1711). Like grammarian John Wallis (1616-1703), Greenwood was a strong advocate of teaching students English before Latin and avoided imposing Latin categories on English grammar. The London Vocabulary was his first publication and was composed in the style of Comenius’s Orbis pictus. In his preface, Greenwood writes, “This following collection…will be abundantly sufficient for the fitting of the learner to enter upon the reading of Corderius, the Latin Testament, Erasmus, Phædrus, Æsop, Cato, Ovidii, Tristia, &c….