Etymologicon Universale; or, Universal Etymological Dictionary: on a new plan. In which it is shewn, that consonants are alone to be regarded in discovering the affinities of words, and that the vowels are to be wholly rejected.

  • Whiter, Walter
  • Cambridge: Printed at the University Press: for Richard Priestley 1822


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3 vols., 4to, pp. [ii], vi, 144, 552; [ii], 553-1307, [3]; xvii, [i], [4, cancellantia], [ii], xvi, 565, [1]. Largely unopened in original grey boards backed in blue cloth, red morocco labels to spines. Title-page of vol. 3 mis-numbered ‘II’. Some foxing and spotting. Bindings a bit soiled, slight wear to extremities, a few joints cracked and hinges neatly relined.


The first complete edition - an initial partial attempt appeared in 1800 under the title 'Etymologicon Magnum', and the first part of the expanded work was initially issued in 1811 - of this idiosyncratic attempt to source all human language back to 'the earth' and associated concepts.
Rare, and especially so in original state; the third volume contains two leaves at the front intended to cancel leaves from later in the volume; the cancellanda have been slashed but not removed.

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