The first printed dictionary of the Maltese language, affectionately referred to as the ‘Lexicon’ compiled by the father of the Maltese language, Mikiel Anton Vassalli. The author dedicated the book to ‘the Maltese Nation’ a gesture of great significance in the eighteenth century, particularly because the concept of a Maltese nation was unfathomable to the Maltese themselves. In his preface Vassalli made it clear that he was concerned with the education and overall intellectual emancipation of the Maltese and believed that the Maltese language was the ideal tool to meet this end. This book is an artifact and can safely be referred to as the cornerstone of the Maltese language and one of the most important publications a collector could hope to have in their collection.
By: Mikiel Anton Vassalli
No of pages: 683
Binding : Contemporary vellum on card.
Printer: Antonio Fulgonium
Place of publication: Rome
Condition: Very Good condition.