RAY, John (1628-1705). A Collection of English Words Not Generally Used. London: Printed by H. Bruges for Tho. Burrell, 1674.
8vo (142 x 89 mm). Title-page printed in red and black. (Without the first and final blanks as often, some minor soiling to title and a few leaves, a few early marginal pencil annotations.) Later half sheep, marbled boards (joints starting, some overall wear).
FIRST EDITION, the issue with a comma after "Ray" but not "words" on the title-page, with continuous text despite irregular pagination. "It may very safely be said that, on the whole, Ray's is the most important book ever published on the subject of English dialects with the sole exception of such publications as belong to the present century" (W. W. Skeat, his introduction to the 1874 edition of Ray's work). ESTC R5328.
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