Hermes Scythicus: or, The Radical Affinities of the Greek and Latin Languages to the Gothic: Illustrated from the Moeso-Gothic, Anglo-Saxon, Francic, Alemannic, Suio-Gothic, Islandic, &c. To which is prefixed, a dissertation on the historical proofs of the Scythian origin of the Greeks.

  • Jamieson, John
  • Edinburgh: Printed at the university press; for Longman, Hurst, Ress, Orme, & Brown 1814


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FIRST EDITION, 8vo, pp. vii, [i], 152, 216, xiv. Largely unopened in nineteenth-century dark purple ribbed cloth, boards stamped and bordered in blind. A touch of spotting. Rebacked with new label, hinges relined, boards a little faded and rubbed, crease to front board. Early bookplate of James D. Mackenzie to front pastedown, ownership inscription of William MacKay to title-page dated 1888.


A scarce work from author of the 'Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language', reverend and linguist John Jamieson (1759-1838), which illustrates the interconnected nature of ancient languages, revealing the similar patterns between the highly esteemed tongues such as Greek or Latin and the 'barbarous' tongues of the Goths and Scythians.

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