6019. Richelets groundbreaking French dictionary

RICHELET, PIERRE. (3). Dictionnaire de la langue françoise, ancienne et moderne,... augmenté de plusieurs additions d'histoire, de grammaire, de critique, de jurisprudence, et d'un nouvel abregé de la vie des auteurs citez dans tout l'ouvrage. I-III. Lyon (chez les freres Bruyset) 1728.

Folio (376x250 mm.).
Contemporary brown full calf, worn, blindtooled and darkened spines in seven compartments, vol. I-II damaged at head, speckled edges. 2 leaves reinforced with paper in outer margin, pp. 251-54 in vol. I bound in wrong order, pp. 291-368 in vol. I with larger dampstain in upper outer margin, a few marginal tears, about 10 leaves witrh larger spots or stains, otherwise some minor foxing and staining. 3 volumes.

César-Pierre Richelet (1626-1698), French grammarian and lexicographer, editor of the first dictionary of the French language, the first French dictionary compiled in a methodical way, first published in Geneva 1680.
Later editions of Richelet were published, both expurgated and augmented. Those that appeared after his death are distinguished by that of Pierre Aubert (Lyon, 1728, 3 vol. in-fol.) and that of Goujet (Ibid., 1759-63, 3 vol. in-fol.). Later editions were abridged such as that of Gattel (Paris, 1842, 2 vol. in-8). (Wikipedia.)
Provenance: The von Celsing family, Biby.