Autograph letter signed, 3pp, 10 June 1926. To W.B. Palgrave.

BARKER, EDMUND HENRY

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Lengthy autograph letter signed ("E.H. Barker"), 3pp, 4to, Thetford, Norfolk, 10 June 1826, with integral address leaf (wax seal still present and intact). To W.B. Palgrave of Dublin, discussing Barker's current projects, and collecting material for one of his books: "The Packet containing 27 Letters from Dr. Parr . . . reached me last week. . . . You may count on the careful preservation, honest use, & faithful return of these Letters, when they have answered the sacred purposes for which they were solicited. But your Father will be indulgent in respect to time, when I mention that my present attention is directed to the completion of the Greek Thesaurus, of which nothing now remains to be printed except the Index already much advanced: perhaps it will be finished in four months or less, & then I shall proceed with the agreeable task of arranging the 'Parrianna'. . . . When the Greek Thesaurus is finished, I shall proceed with the transcription of the hieroglyphical Sermons, of which I have transcribed only five yet. . . . Almost everything which fell from Dr. Parr's pen, was as honey or as gold." One marginal hole from wax seal. A bit browned and stained, center-fold starting; good.

Edmund Henry Barker (1788-1839); English classical scholar, lexicographer. Barker edited a vast number of editions of the works of Greek and Latin authors. He also translated Philip Buttmann's Greek grammar and C. J. Sillig's dictionary of the artists of antiquity. In conjunction with Professor George Dunbar, of Edinburgh, Barker compiled a Greek and English lexicon, which was well received by the public, and the same good fortune attended his edition of Lemprière's "Classical Dictionary." Whilst living with the Parrs, Barker conceived the idea of reprinting the "Thesaurus Græcæ Linguæ". This enormous labor was finished in 1826, in twelve folio volumes, but the name of Barker did not appear as its editor. Barker's "Parriana; or Notices of the Rev. Samuel Parr, LL.D.," in two volumes, was published in1828-9. (Item ID: 16868)



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