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Minsheu's Spanish dictionary

Submitted by Katherina Weyssin on October 25, 2012 - 11:11am

John Minsheu produced a Spanish-English dictionary in the late 16thC, revised and re-published in the early 17th. King's College, London has a searchable facsimile online as part of their Early Modern Spain site.

Since it's come up in conversation a few times recently, I thought I'd add it to the website.

Early dictionaries can be really useful when you're trying to understand renaissance texts, especially when we're trying to translate technical, jargon-terms that may have fallen out of use in the modern version of a language. In addition, they're often great fun. John Florio's Italian-English dictionary is especially colourful.

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