Antedating of "Democracy"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Wed May 11 18:47:10 UTC 2011

democracy (OED 1574)

        The garden of wysdom wherin ye maye gather moste pleasaunt flowres, that is to say, proper wytty and quycke sayenges of princes, philosophers, and dyuers other sortes of men. Drawen forth of good authours, as well Grekes as Latyns, by Richard Tauerner.  , [London] : 1539 [[Printed by Richard Bankes] in aedibus Richardi Tauerneri,] solde in Lomberdstrete at the signe of the Lamb by Iohn Haruye, [1539] (Early English Books Online)

...ordeyne in the citie a Democracie , that is to saye...

Fred Shapiro

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