✹ About Harry Spelman Oliver Mundy on 14 Sep 2016 • Link Spelman's 'Glossarium' had originally been published incomplete in 1626 under the title 'Archaeologus'. It is essentially a dictionary of Latin legal, ecclesiastical and other specialised terms; the Anglo-Saxon element comes in because Spelman includes many expressions from ancient English law which appear in Latin charters and chronicles, often illustrating them with quotations in Old English. The range of the work is surprisingly wide, including for example an article on the word 'Admiral' which embodies a list of everyone who bore that title from the age of Alfred to that of Charles I - a possible source of Pepys's interest. According to the Latin bio-bibliographical sketch by 'J.A.' (John Aubrey?) added to the 1687 edition, Spelman had struggled to get the book published, at one time offering it to the royal printer John Bill and asking nothing more in return than a few pounds' worth of books. This may have been partly because of the state of the manuscript; even the later editions are notable for duplications, articles in which Spelman offers two or three mutually contradictory definitions of a single word, gaps where he has intended to fill in a reference but has never got round to it, or admissions of defeat such as 'Tu tibi Oedipus esto' (meaning 'Be your own Oedipus', or in other words 'Your guess is as good as mine'). Nonetheless, modern legal historians still refer to the work with respect, partly for its acute observations on the early history of Parliament and the jury system.