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LEME has settled into bright new quarters in two offices and a carrell on the 14th floor of Robarts Library. My thanks to Larry Alford (Chief Librarian), Sian Meikle (Associate Chief Librarian for Digital Strategies and Technology, and LEME's Library Liaison), and Arts and Science for giving us this high-demand space. The Library also generously furnished LEME offices with... Read more

Word of The Day

Arabie. There are .iij. Arabies. Thone called Fertile, or happye. Another called Rockye. And the thyrd, named Desert. All thre verye nygh togethers, as sayeth Ptolomee. And they are in Asia, nygh vnto the redde Sea, through the which the chyldren of Israell departynge oute of Egypte passed, and immedyatlye entered into the Dersertes of Arabie.
Nicholas Smyth, The History of Herodian (1556?)
James Howell's Lexicon Tetraglotton (1660) frontispiece

James Howell's Lexicon Tetraglotton (1660) frontispiece,
Courtesy of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library
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