AINGER, A.C., and H.G. WINTLE, (eds.),
An English-Latin Gradus or Verse Dictionary.
John Murray, London, 1930. 12th impr. VI,442p. Cloth. Cover and boards on the edges seriously scratched. Binding tight. Two signatures (D.R. Paul and W.G. Arnott) on free endpaper. (Rare thus).From the Preface: 'Latin verse composition seems to possess two advantages, as an instrument of education, for which it would be difficult to find substitutes. First, it is the proof and the flower of that scholarship which loves the old writers with an unselfish love, and delights to clothe modern thoughts and modern expressions in the dress of ancient metre and rhythm. Secondly, it is an unrivalled form of drill for beginners, teaching them in all cases a good deal about the structure and powers of the Latin tongue, forcing them from the very first to think for themselves, and a power of appreciating the best thoughts of the best men of all ages and countries. (...) Our object was to make our work useful to beginners, and, in consequence, brief and simple. (...) We give without comment or reference (as a rule) words which occurr in Virgil, Ovid, or the lyrical poems of Horace. (...) In the case of rare words and unusual phrases we have given the full reference to the passage where they occurr.'