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1627 Thesaurus Poeticus Smet Prosody Dictionary

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1627 Thesaurus Poeticus Smet Prosody Dictionary Linguistics Poetry Latin

A 17th-century prosody thesaurus by Henry Smet. Prosody dictionaries or thesauruses are designed as a reference tool for poets and lyricists to aid in patterns of rhythm, syllable stresses, and spoken sounds in poetry. Smet’s ‘Thesaurus Poeticus’ saw numerous editions over the course of the early 1600s, each popular and well-used. Smet discusses use of diphthongs and position of syllables in spoken and written word.

This 1627 edition was the first published by Combum but the 9th-overall - a rare and desirable edition.

Item number: #2377

Price: $499

SMET, Henri

Thesaurus poeticus : hoc est, Prosodia Henrici Smetii ... promptissima, quæ syllabarum positione, & diphthongis carentium quantitates sola veterum auctoritate, adductis exemplis, demonstrat. Ab auctore semel, atque iterum reformata, locisque innumeris emendata, & tertia sui parte adaucta.

Venetiis : Apud Jo. Bapt. Combum, MDCXXVII. [1627].


•Collation complete with all pages: [40], 630

•Language: French

•Binding: Vellum; tight & secure

•Size: ~6in X 4in (15cm x 10cm)

•Rare with no other example for sale worldwide

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1627 Thesaurus Poeticus Smet Prosody Dictionary

Estimate $499 - $1,000Apr 8, 2018