1704 Lexicon Technicum John Harris 1st English SCIENCES Isaac Newton Optics

HARRIS, John

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The first technical dictionary in any language! (PMM)

 

“it was the first work of the kind professing to embrace a detailed view of the whole body of the sciences and arts.” (Lowndes)

 

Lexicon Technicum’ was the first English language dictionary of arts and sciences. First printed in 1704 in London, ‘Lexicon Technicum’ became the first book to be identified as a dictionary, or ‘word-book’ as opposed to an encyclopedia. John Harris was the first to make a distinction between the two types of major references and his ‘Universal English Dictionary’ was the first to encyclopedia to be organized in an alphabetical order.

 

This work is especially notable for being the first work to include the consultation of experts, in this case, Isaac Newton who contributed excerpts on various topics such as gravity, planetary motion, behavior of light, and his own ‘De Natura Acidorum’ – Newton’s only work on chemistry. Newton also included his treatises on optics.

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1704 Lexicon Technicum John Harris 1st English SCIENCES Isaac Newton Optics

 

The first technical dictionary in any language! (PMM)

 

“it was the first work of the kind professing to embrace a detailed view of the whole body of the sciences and arts.” (Lowndes)

 

Lexicon Technicum’ was the first English language dictionary of arts and sciences. First printed in 1704 in London, ‘Lexicon Technicum’ became the first book to be identified as a dictionary, or ‘word-book’ as opposed to an encyclopedia. John Harris was the first to make a distinction between the two types of major references and his ‘Universal English Dictionary’ was the first to encyclopedia to be organized in an alphabetical order.

 

This work is especially notable for being the first work to include the consultation of experts, in this case, Isaac Newton who contributed excerpts on various topics such as gravity, planetary motion, behavior of light, and his own ‘De Natura Acidorum’ – Newton’s only work on chemistry. Newton also included his treatises on optics.

 

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HARRIS, John

 

Lexicon Technicum: or, An Universal English Dictionary of Arts and Sciences: Explaining not only the Terms of Art, but the Arts Themselves.

 

London : printed for Dan. Brown, Tim. Goodwin, John Walthoe, Tho. Newborough, John Nicholson, Tho. Benskin, Benj. Tooke, Dan. Midwinter, Tho. Leigh, and Francis Coggan, 1704. First edition.

 

Details:

  • Collation: Complete
    • Filled with in-text illustrations throughout
    • 7 engraved plates
  • References: Goldsmiths’-Kress no. 04039; Printing and the Mind of Man 171a; ESTC T 42411 & T 142408; Lowndes 1002;
  • Edition points:
    • There is no colon after “sciences” in the title of volume 1 – a variant has punctuation in this location. (ESTC)
    • Signature Hh2 of volume I correctly signed – in said variant, leaf is correctly signed as 2G2.
  • Language: English
  • Binding: Leather; tight & secure
  • Size: ~13in X 8.75in (33cm x 22cm)

 

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14356

Categories

Language Study & Reference

Medicine & Science

Authors

HARRIS, John

Printing Date

18th Century

Language

English

Binding

Leather

Book Condition

Excellent

Collation

Complete