to understand OF MANY WORDS
There is a paragraph by Samuel Johnson:
Of many words it is difficult to say whether they were immediately received from the Latin or the French, since at the time when we had dominions in France, we had Latin service in our churches. It is, however, my opinion, that the French generally supplied us; for we have few Latin words, among the terms of domestick use, which are not French; but many French, which are very remote from Latin.
Obviously in this passage written in Early Modern English the phrase OF MANY WORDS is a detached part from the main sentence, and I don't think this is a Modern English sentence structure;
My question is, is there any book on sentence structure of these old-fashioned types?
Thank you very much.
I am studying at university in Hong Kong and major in English.