John Minsheu

John Minsheu (or Minshew) (1560–1627) was an English linguist and lexicographer.


He was born and died in London. Little is known about his life. He published some of the earliest dictionaries and grammars of the Spanish language for speakers of English. His major work was the Ductor in linguas (Guide into tongues), an eleven-language dictionary.[1] With his Ductor in linguas he is also one of the first known inventors of the use of subscription as a method of funding publication of a book.[2]

He also expanded Richard Percivale's Spanish dictionary.[3]



  1. Jürgen Schäfer, pp. 23.
  2. Franklin B. Williams jr., "Scholarly publication in Shakespeare's Day: A leading case" pp. 755-773 in: James G. MacManaway et al. (eds.), Joseph Quincy Adams: Memorial Studies, Washington D.C., 1948.
  3. A Spanish Dictionary


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