Collection: BC MS Lg: Language Manuscripts (Brotherton Collection)

Archive Item icon Archive Item: The practice of speaking and writing English, by John Kirkby.

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Title: The practice of speaking and writing English, by John Kirkby.

Level: Item 

Classmark: BC MS Lg 1

Creator(s): Kirkby, John (1705-1754)

Date: c.1745

Main language: English

Size and medium: 1 vol. ([iv], 194, [6] pp.), manuscript.

Persistent link: https://explore.library.leeds.ac.uk/special-collections-explore/7990 

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Description

Also known as:A new English grammar, by John Kirkby.
Contains an English grammar divided into 15 chapters, which deal, in order, with letters, syllables, sounds, verbs, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, contractions, and directions for writing, which includes the use of Roman numerals and punctuation; there is also a glossary of 23 pages. The work has been shown to be an earlier version of Kirkby's "A new English grammar" published in 1746.

Written in a single eighteenth-century hand, autograph, with many corrections and revisions. Bound in original boards, worn, and with a defective backstrip.

Administrative or biographical history

John Kirkby, the Church of England clergyman and grammarian. For information about his life and achievements, see the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Provenance

Acquisition; From the library of Sir Thomas Phillipps, being MS 18512.

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