Mestre inglez, ou Nova grammatica da Lingua Ingleza. Por hum systema original, para se aprender com perfeição, e brevidade este idioma sem dependencia absoluta de mestre. Obra enriquecida de hum copioso vocabulario dos termos portuguezes e inglezes, e das frases mais polidas e puras d’ambos os idiomas, com alguns dialogos do uso familiar, e huma terceira columna de pronuncia.
Lisbon, Na nova impressão da Viuva Neves e Filhos, 1814.
Small 4to. ix, (1 blank), 411 pp. (with errors in pagination). Contemporary calf (head of spine worn, corners bumped). Some damp-staining, more pronounced in end ff., very slight traces of worming not affecting text.
The rare first edition. Writing in the preface the author assures the reader that he would soon acquire the perfect knowledge of English that he considered to be indispensable. He gives particular importance to the vagaries of English pronunciation, noting the phonetic version with each example of English, and includes a passage on English dialects, lamenting that the common people of London mutilated the language, a vice that deepened as one travelled further from the capital, and giving examples of Irish and Scottish pronunciation. Innocêncio comments that it was considered the best grammar of its kind until those by Constancio and Urcullu were published.
Innocêncio III, 24. Not in COPAC.