A New Method of learning with Facility the Greek Tongue: Containing rules for the declensions, conjugations… Translated from the French of the Messieurs de Port Royal by Mr. Nugent. The third edition, carefully revised and corrected.

  • [Lancelot, Claude]
  • London: Printed for J. Nourse 1777
  • ESTC N50038.


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8vo, pp. xxxix, [ix], 474 + 2 plates of engraved tables. Tables in the ‘N’ gathering printed in red and black. Contemporary sheep, spine divided by raised bands, red morocco label lettered in gilt. Slight smudges to blank corners of final gatherings. Hinges beginning to crack, binding somewhat scuffed and rubbed. Ink ownership inscription of Granville Hastings Wheler to front flyleaf, dated 1794.


The scarce third English edition of the important Greek textbook, with ESTC citing only three copies: Cambridge, Oxford, and Toronto University. The experimental school set up at Port-Royal-des-Champs from 1637 to 1660 by Jansenist monks led to several important linguistic developments, the most famous being the general grammar written under the influence of Descartes by Claude Lancelot (d. 1695) and Antoine Arnauld (1612-1694). Lancelot also produced influential textbooks for the study of the Latin and Greek languages, with this Greek guide originally published in French in 1655. It first appeared in English in complete form in 1746, translated by Thomas Nugent.

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