'Institutio Graecae Grammatices Compendiaria in usum regiae scholae Westmonasteriensis'
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Closed book, 'Greek Grammar' ('Institutio Graecae Grammatices Compendiaria in usum regiae scholae Westmonasteriensis'). The book has a creamy grey leather cover. It was published in 1598. The desire for education was strong in the Tudor period and printers and booksellers responded by producing text books and grammars to satisfy demand. Among the most influential texts was the 'Grammar Doctrinale' published in 1490, and an English-Latin dictionary for "humble grammarians and boys" to use as "a mirror, and find freely and immediately the common words which belong to the Latin tongue." Other important scholastic mannuals were printed, and this Greek grammar, compiled by the scholar and historian William Camden (1551-1623), who became headmaster of Westminster School in 1597 was used by the students for 50 years.
1598 AD - 1598 AD