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ENGLISH, FRENCH,ITALIAN, and SPANISH
With TRANSLATIONS as close as possible;
So disposed, in Columns, as to give in one View the Manner
of expressing the same Sentence in each Language.
Intended for the Use of Foreigners, Merchants, and Gentlemen who
make the Knowledge of those Languages their Study.
BY JOSE PH BARETTI,
Sculpture, and Architecture.
T. CADELL, in the Strand. 1772.
1 TO THE
LEARNER of LANGUAGES.
Book ever had less need of a Preface than
this, as the Title alone might well stand in the stead of one: yet, in compliance with the custom of never dismissing any work from the press without this kind of decoration, I shall say, that I have taken some pains to render it useful, and am pretty confident that Teachers as well as Learners will find it convenient. Exactness in rendering the meaning is what I have chiefly endeavoured after, in the following versions : but let it be remembered, that this sort of exactness often precludes elegance, and forces sometimes a translator into petty improprieties of diction.