Robert Ainsworth's Dictionary, English and Latin


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Ainsworth was a master of "a considerable boarding-school." He acquired a moderate fortune, and gave up the school. Elected a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 1724, "he devoted a good deal of his time to ransacking the shops of obscure brokers in every quarter of London, by which means he often procured old coins and other valuable curiosities at a small cost." It is also noted that a maid servant robbed him of many gold and silver ones! About 1714, a proposal was made to some of the leading London booksellers for compiling a new English and Latin Dictionary. Ainsworth was engaged to carry out the design, but he needed assistance due to his advanced age, and an eye disorder. The first ed. appeared in 1736, and long remained the best Latin-English Dictionary. Other editions followed, each with a separate editor.

Publication Info

  • Publisher: Printed by Charles Rivington and William Woodfall
  • Edition: n/a
  • Date Published: 1773
  • Place Published: London
  • ISBN: n/a


  • Condition: Very good
  • Signed: No
  • Dust Jacket: No
  • Jacket Condition: n/a
  • Details:
    27 cm. A New Edition, with Great Additions and Amendments. Particularly A large and copious Index of such Words as occur in Stephens and Ainsworth, of an obsolete, unclassical, doubtful, or modern Character, with the proper and genuine Word frequently annexed: Also Another Index of the same Kind, from Vossius, Calepin, Cooper, Littleton, and Others. Full leather binding, some scuffing and marks, spine chipped. Owner's signature. Repair on p. xvi, some minor spotting and staining throughout.

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