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An American Dictionary Of the English Language by  Noah Webster - Hardcover - Later Printing, Revised - 1849 - from Brass DolphinBooks and Biblio.com

An American Dictionary Of the English Language

by Webster, Noah

Condition: Fair/No Jacket


NY: Harper and Brothers, 1849. Book. Fair. Full-Leather. Later Printing, Revised. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. From the title page, " Walker's Key to the classical pronunciation of Greek, Latin and scripture proper names. Revised and enalrged by Chauncey A. Goodrich." 2 notable "flaws" affect the leather binding, a separation at the front hinging of the spines top of nearly 2" and the spine itself has what seems to be a largely superficial cracking at its center, will attempt to show both in foto. The hard leather covers have other age appropriate scarring and abrasion all of a relatively minor nature. Upper tips have abrasion thru leather and lower back tip is notably bumped. The original owner has lightly penciled his name/date (1850) and so forth on the first endsheet and at the top of the title page. While the text has full edge marbling 2 issues are worth mention, top is age or dust darkened and the fore-edge may have had a few unopened leaves which have been opened with slight roughness, leaving imperfections of @ 1/64th". The text approaches heavily foxed and has the swaling (as laid flat it is imperfectly so, hilly) this said, the text does not seem brittle, all is well legible and all is present including the extensive appendixes and advertisements. The paste downs and endsheets show their age predictably, the last p.d. has a small imperfection as though a 1/4" droplet of candle wax was removed and left residue. The book has been stored in acid free glassine bag and will be shipped in same. Massive book over 1152 pages, measures slightly over 9 3/4 x 6 1/2". Will ship, securely padded and boxed, domestic media mail at our customary one book price. As with all items over $75.00 we provide delivery confirmation and insurance at our expense..

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On Feb 14 2016, said:
  "I have an 1861 version, and I would not part with it for $1000 - the Orwellian changes to key definitions over almost 200 years are easily seen by even the brain dead... This is an essential tool for anyone who actually reads old books..."


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