Culture Minister Ed Vaizey has placed an export bar on a more than 500 year old dictionary, thought to have been written in Yorkshire dialect, in a bid to stop it leaving the country.

The Catholicon Anglicum, a Middle English-Latin dictionary dating from 1483, was sold at auction in the summer to an overseas buyer.

A spokesman for the Department for Culture Media and Sport said the manuscript would leave the country unless a matching offer of £92,500 was made within the next few months.

The Catholicon Anglicum is said to represent a crucial milestone in the evolution of the English dictionary, and the manuscript is the only complete one in existence. The only other known copy is held at the British Library, but has lost leaves in several places. More.

See: Yorkshire Post

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