The Treasure of the French and English Languages: Containing, I. A Vocabulary, French and English. II. Common Forms of Speech upon the most familiar and useful Subjects. III. A Collection of Proverbs, Common-Sayings, Maxims, &c… The Fourth Edition, corrected and improved.

  • Chambaud, Lewis
  • London: Printed for P. Vaillant, W. Strahan, J. and F. Rivington [et al.] 1772
  • ESTC T194798; Alston XII 304.


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8vo, pp. [viii], 286. Complete with half-title and final advertisment leaf. Contemporary blind-ruled sheep. A little faint spotting. Binding quite worn, with some surface insect damage and other loss of leather, joints cracked but sound, pastedowns lifted and rear flyleaf lost. Ownership inscription of John Maddock, August 1st, 1772, and below it his gift inscription to Thomas Edwards dated 1788 to front flyleaf.


First published 1750, this is the final lifetime edition of this French-English thematic dictionary and phrasebook compiled by Lewis Chambaud (d. 1776), a London-resident French language teacher and writer. Chambaud's works are notable for their emphasis on mastering grammar over pure vocabulary and drilling - anticipating the late-18th-century developments in language teaching across Europe. In this particular title he produces a more traditional word- and phrase-book, but the preface explains its many advantages over others on the market.
All editions of this title are scarce with this fourth in Bodleian only in the UK, plus William & Mary, Harvard, McMaster, Trinity College, and the National Library of Australia outside.

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