bound copies of grammars

Chatsworth House, the home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, possesses a copy of Lowth’s grammar (1762, first edition), bound with Ward’s Four Essays upon the English Language (1758, first edition as well). So far, I’ve never come across such a copy of Lowth’s grammar before.

The library at Chatsworth also possesses copies of Grammatica Busbeiana … Rudimentum Grammaticae Graeco-Latinae Metricum, in usum Scholae Regiae Westmonsteriensis (London, 1732) and a Latin grammar called A Short Introduction of Grammar generally to be used (Oxford, 1714). Both grammars are anonymous.

These are all the grammatical works from the eighteenth century they have in their possession. What I would like to know is if anyone has ever come across any similarly copies of Lowth’s grammar? And also if the authors of the Latin grammars could be identified.

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  1. Karlijn Navest

    The Latin grammars that can be found at Chatsworth House are the Westminster Grammar (whose author has not been identified, as far as I know) and “A Short Introduction of Grammar generally to be used: Compiled and set forth for the bringing up of all those that intend to attain to the knowledge of the LATIN TONGUE” (better known as Lily’s Grammar, which was written by William Lily and Dean Colet about 1510). It is interesting to note that it was Lily’s grammar which the two-and-a-half-year old Queeney was made to repeat by her mother Hester Thrale. The Westminster Grammar was used by Mrs Thrale for preparing her little son Harry for his entrance to Westminster School.

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