A Latine Dictionary In Four Parts

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Linguae Latinae Liber Dictionarius Quadripartitus = A Latine Dictionary In Four Parts

by Adam Littleton

A Latine Dictionary

Title page from A Latine Dictionary In Four Parts, George Wythe Collection, Wolf Law Library, College of William & Mary.

Author Adam Littleton
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Published London: Printed for T. Basset, J. Wright, and R. Chiswell
Date 1678
Edition First
Language English and Latin
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Pages 668 leaves
Desc. 4to (25 cm.)
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Adam Littleton was the most reputable Latin lexicographer in 17th century England. His 1678 edition of his A Latine Dictionary in Four Parts was succeeded by an even more reputably considered improved edition published at Cambridge in 1693.[1] For the purposes of the later published edition, the editors utilized “a manuscript collection of authorities from Roman authors, in three volumes, folio, by John Milton.”[2]

Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

Listed in the Jefferson Inventory of Wythe's Library as Littleton's [Latin] dict. Lat. Eng. 4to. This was one of the titles kept by Thomas Jefferson and later sold to the Library of Congress in 1815. Both the Brown Bibliography[3] and George Wythe's Library[4] on LibraryThing include the first edition (1678) published in London based on Millicent Sowerby's entry in Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson.[5] The volumes no longer exist to verify the edition, however, the Wolf Law Library did choose to purchase the edition recommended by Sowerby.

Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy

Bound in decorative red calf. Includes armorial bookplate of Henry Thomas Payne, M.A. on front pastedown. Previous owners' inscriptions on verso of front free endpaper. Signed "Henry Edmund Hutchinson from Trevor C. G. James, Esq. <illegible>" and stamped "Pantasaph Monastery Library" and "Franciscan Library, Greyfriars, Walsingham" on the front flyleaf. Purchased from Rooke Books.

View this book in William & Mary's online catalog.
Bookplate of Hen. Thos. Payne M.A., front pastedown.


  1. "A New and Copious Lexicon of the Latin Language; Compiled Chiefly from the "Magnum Totius Latinitatis Lexicon" of Facciolati and Forcellini, and the German Works of Scheller and Luenemann by Scheller, Luenemann, F. P. Leverett,” The North American Review 45, no.97 (Oct. 1837), 339.
  2. Ibid.
  3. Bennie Brown, "The Library of George Wythe of Williamsburg and Richmond," (unpublished manuscript, May, 2012) Microsoft Word file. Earlier edition available at: https://digitalarchive.wm.edu/handle/10288/13433
  4. LibraryThing, s. v. "Member: George Wythe", accessed on February 18, 2014.
  5. E. Millicent Sowerby, Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson 2nd ed. (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1983), 5:87-88 [no. 4796].