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An American dictionary of the English language; first edition in octavo, containing the whole vocabulary of the quarto, with corrections, improvements, and several thousand additional words: to which is prefixed an introductory dissertation on the origin, history and connection of the languages of western Asia and Europe with an explanation of the principles on which languages are formed. [2 volumes]
New Haven: Published by the author, 1841. Volume 1: frontispiece, lxxvi, 938p; volume two, 1004p. 27cm. First octavo edition. Bound in full leather with brown morocco spine labels and titling in gilt; all edges marbled; marbled endpapers. Contemporary bookplate on the front cover pastedowns. Covers are rubbed, edges rubbed, short tear in the bottom joint of volume one, corners are bumped, and not terribly skinned; spine ends show wear; frontispiece tissue guard browned, foxing; slight tobacco odor. In very good condition.
Item #21155
Price: $3,000.00
Onomasia, or, Philadelphia vocabulary with the signs of quantity : comprising, Sententiae pueriles, Catonis disticha, Collectiones poeticae selectae, Materia medica, A sketch of mythology with a very concise account of some of the heathen deities, he
Philadelphia : Printed for the author by Lydia R. vii, 110p, 1p. errata. 19cm. Leather covers. Front cover detached; missing the front endpapers; former library copy with stamps on the bottom cover pastedown. In good condition.
Item #13437
Price: $200.00
A Rhyming Dictionary: Answering, at the Same Time, the Purposes of Spelling and Pronouncing the English Language, on a Plan not Hitherto Attempted...And for the purpose of poetry, is added, an index of allowable rhymes. (2 volumes)
London: Printed for J. Johnson (and others), 1806. volume one, xxii, (1), 347p; volume two:348p, index, 2p. ads. 18 cm. The second edition, improved. Tree calf with black morocco spine labels in gilt and gilt decorated spines; cover edges in gilt. Wear to the spine ends, joints slightly rubbed; volume one has two small chips in the front cover and a contemporary repair on the bottom cover; volume two small chips in the bottom cover; corners are slightly one although the bottom cover top corner is slightly is chipped; possible insecting to the pastedown of volume one top corner exposing the board and to the top corners of the succeeding few pages; free endpaper browned and title page with damp stains in the margins. There is little foxing in volume one, light foxing and dampstains in volume two. All said, the set is in very good condition.
Item #21257
Price: $400.00
[The Royal Standard Dictionary. The first American edition carefully revised and corrected from the fourth British edition.
Printed at Worcester, Massachusetts, by and for Is. [missing the title page] Dedication page reads: Dedication to the FIRST American edition to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, this edition of Perry's Royal standard English dictionary ... humbly insribed, ... Isaiah Thomas, Worcester, January 1, 1788. 586p [p519 detached; Scripture of Proper Names ends at p586]. 14cm. Bound in calf. A fair copy. Corresponds to UCSD library copy.
Item #10702
Price: $300.00
Webster's New International Dictionary of the English Language. Second edition. Unabridged.
Springfield, MA: G & C Merriam Company, 1943 (1939). [Plates 1-8], frontispiece, civ, 3210p, illustrated, plates, diagrams. 31cm. Second edition first published in 1934. With the "New Word Section" added in 1939. Tan cloth over boards titling in gilt on the front cover, red and black leather titles labels on the spine in gilt; all edges marbled; fore edges with black alphabet tabs in gilt. The famous "dord" dictionary in which this ghost word passed into the annals of great lexicographic errors. Intended as an abbreviation for density "D or d" several missteps by typists led to its birth as a noun (dôrd), or dord. It lived for five years until 1939 when an office editor noticed the lack of an etymology for the word. The error can be found in printings of the dictionary into the 1940s, and eventually it disappeared from the dictionary's pages. [American Speech, May, 1954, p. 136-138]. Corners skinned, front cover rubbed; spine labels rubbed; first few pages wrinkled; biography of Noah Webster detached; front hinge shaken; joint cloth torn from the bottom of the front cover up about two inches and across the spine end. A better than good copy.
Item #21227
Price: $400.00