A Compendious Hebrew Lexicon, Adapted to the English Language, and Composed upon a New Commodious Plan....

Cambridge: Printed for the University, by William Hilliard, 1802. viii,187pp. Contemporary calf; rebacked preserving original label. Boards moderately worn. Bookplate on front pastedown, contemporary ownership inscription on front flyleaf, later ink stamp on title page. Minor foxing, but generally quite clean internally. Good plus. Item #56

First American edition of this Hebrew lexicon originally published in London in 1766, and apparently the first Hebrew dictionary printed in the United States. Monis' Hebrew grammar was first published in America in 1734, and another by Stephen Sewall was published in 1763. An attractively printed volume, evidently for the initial purposes of teaching at Harvard, with the Hebrew characters well integrated into the lines of English definitions. Scarce in commerce, only one copy appears in auction records for the past forty years.

Rosenbach 125. Shaw & Shoemaker 2899.

Price: $600.00

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