An Universal Etymological English Dictionary Being Also an Interpreter of Hard Words
Mess. Ware, Knapton, Longman, Hitch, Hodges, Rivington, and Ward. 1750, 1st Edition. Hardcover, with dust jacket. Complete. A particularly particular dictionary from the mid-18th century. Now, as even then, highly entertaining and informative and exhaustive. "Book . any Compact Writing, so called because the ancient Germans wrote upon the Bark of Beech-tree instead of Paper." "Sofa, a fort of Alcove much used in the Eastern Countries being an Apartment of State raised about two Foot above the Floor, and furnished with rich Carpets and Cushions, where Persons of the greatest honour are entertained." A much owned copy. Despite this and the book's age, it is robust and sure of itself. The half-leather cover is worn and scuffed and marked from storage and handling. The spine, although creased and worn, is amiably secure. Within, the dedication and the first pages of Bailey's introduction are missing. The dictionary is complete together with the exhortation not to blame the printer for mistakes in the Greek but rather alert the author! The pages are tight, aged, occasionally marked and worn, clear, certain and with a definite glint in its spirit. A fabulous gift or entertainment (". entertaining, receiving, Treatment, good Welcome"). A pleasure. fk. Fair/No Jacket.
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