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Memoirs of an eccentric polyglot  

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Memoir of Richard Roberts Jones, of Aberdaron, in the County of Carnarvon, in North Wales; exhibiting a Remarkable Instance of a Partial Power and Cultivation of Intellect

Roscoe, William


Cadell and Arch



[iv], 50 pp. Portrait frontispiece. (8vo) original boards, later paper rebacking, new spine label. First Edition.

Fascinating account of a great eccentric. Jones, who was horribly mistreated by his father, demonstrated an extraordinary ability to master languages, especially Hebrew, Chaldaic, Aramaic, Greek, and the romance languages; interestingly, he had much trouble with English which he never spoke well. His utter neglect of himself and his appearance gave him no opportunity to increase his learning and have a position in the world even though he had compiled a Welsh-Greek-Hebrew Dictionary that was never published. Instead he wandered with books concealed all over his body in his clothing, singing, playing instruments, and speaking foreign languages. Roscoe and some friends published this account of his life to try and raise funds for his improvement. It is a rare and interesting book.

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Boards worn, old inscription struck through in ink on front endpaper; foxing, a few pencil marks within; very good.

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