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RICHARDSON, Alexander (d. in or before 1621).  The Logicians School-Master or A Comment upon Ramus Logicke. London: [Miles Flesher] for John Bellamie, 1629. 4° (184 x 125mm). Title ornament, woodcut initials. (Marginal worming rather rife in places and occasionally affecting text, without front blank.) Contemporary blind-panelled calf (rubbed, wormed, title crudely lettered on spine). Provenance: Milo Gale (early signature at front).
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RICHARDSON, Alexander (d. in or before 1621). The Logicians School-Master or A Comment upon Ramus Logicke. London: [Miles Flesher] for John Bellamie, 1629. 4° (184 x 125mm). Title ornament, woodcut initials. (Marginal worming rather rife in places and occasionally affecting text, without front blank.) Contemporary blind-panelled calf (rubbed, wormed, title crudely lettered on spine). Provenance: Milo Gale (early signature at front).

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RICHARDSON, Alexander (d. in or before 1621). The Logicians School-Master or A Comment upon Ramus Logicke. London: [Miles Flesher] for John Bellamie, 1629. 4° (184 x 125mm). Title ornament, woodcut initials. (Marginal worming rather rife in places and occasionally affecting text, without front blank.) Contemporary blind-panelled calf (rubbed, wormed, title crudely lettered on spine). Provenance: Milo Gale (early signature at front).

FIRST EDITION, followed by a second in 1657. Logic and rhetoric were the speciality of Richardson’s school at Barking. His posthumous work was principally concerned with Ramus (1515-1572), whose Dialectica had appeared as Logike in the English version of 1574. ODNB notes that Richardson, though not himself highly original, is the first known user of terms such as ‘contradicent’, ‘distributively’, ‘heterozetesis’, ‘polyzetesis’, ‘privant’, ‘privately’, and ‘relate’ (noun). He is the only known user of ‘adjunctity’, ‘axiomation’, ‘inartificial’ (noun), ‘quadrichotomy’, and ‘unmatch’ (noun). STC 21012.

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