Birmingham: printed by John Baskerville, 1765. First and only edition, 18mo in sixes, 96 leaves, [†]2 a-c6 d2 B-N6 O2; full modern calf, gilt-lettered spine in 6 compartments, marbled endpapers; hinges a bit rubbed, else near fine. A dictionary in the "hard words" tradition, omitting "the common words of the language," and designed for the use of "young ladies, and gentlemen, too, who have not had the advantage of a liberal or learned education" (Preface). Halkett & Laing, Kennedy, and Alston attribute the work to Baskerville himself. In the noted dictionary collector Tom Rodger’s copy of Alston, he attributes it to Joseph Priestley. Gaskell 31; Vancil, p. 245; Kennedy 6264; Alston V, 237.
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Engraved illustration showing Vesuvius erupting with groups of people in the foreground exclaiming and running to escape; 19" x 13"; engraved by Charles Guttenberg after Hubert Robert; light staining mostly to the margins, small chips at edges; very good. Probably from Saint Non's "Voyage pittoresque ou description des royaumes de Naples et de Sicilie."
[Washington D.C. Agency for International Development, 1967]. oblong 8vo, unpaginated; numerouse black & white photographic illustrations, accompanied with quotes by President Johnson; original pictorial wrappers, stapled; light wear to extremities, overall very good. "This photographic essay depicts the conditions which call AID's men and women to the Vietnam task." (intro).
New York: R. Worthington, ca. 1900. Small 8vo, pp. 295, ; contemporary green cloth, decorative spine stamped in black and gilt, yellow glazed endpapers; extremities fraying from shelf wear, spine a bit cocked; joints cracked, else interior fine. 16 pp. of advertisements from Ward, Lock & Co. (London) bound in rear.
Chicago: Wilcox & Follett Co., 1946. 8vo, 764pp., text in double column, plates (some in color), illus. in text, useful appendices; good, sound copy in orig. blue cloth. From the title-page: ""This dictionary is not published by the original publishers of Webster's Dictionary or by their successors, and is in no way related to, or based on, the so-called International Dictionary or its abridged editions.""
Springfield: printed by G. and C. Merriam, 1836. Pamphlet, approx 4½" x 7½", pp. 16; original printed paper wrappers; vertical fold, a touch of soiling, very good. A list of students and teachers, plus rates for room, board, and courses, textbooks, term schedule, and an inventory of "aparatuses" for scientific instruction. The academy had 180 boys and 86 girls enrolled, and their names, residence, and rooms are noted. AAS Only in OCLC.
New York: Dr. Williams Medicine Co., 1897. 8vo, pp. 32; original pictorial wrappers; vignette wood engravings throughout; very good. A promotional give-away from the Dr. Williams Medicine Co.,touting various medicines for a variety of diseases, perceived or otherwise. The dictionary itself "contains over 10,000 words and definitions, carefully compiled from Webster, Worcester, and Johnson, the best dictionary makers of our language."
Philadelphia [etc.]: The John C. Winston Co., 1934-35. I. The "Primary Edition, with every word defined so that its meaning can be easily understood." II. "Intermediate Edition, with every word defined so that its use and meaning can be easily understood." III. "Advanced Edition." Edited by William Dodge Lewis, Edgard A. Singer, Henry Seidel Canby, and Thomas Kite Brown. Each of these dictionaries comes from the reference library at Merriam Webster, and each bears their rubberstamp and spine shelf labels. All are in very good condition or better, in the orig. green cloth.
London: Bradbury, Agnew, & Co., [n.d.] (circa late 1800's). 3 volumes, 8vo, pp. 320; 304; 308; 30 hand-colored etchings and numerous woodcuts by John Leech, full contemporary polished tree calf by Mansell, a.e.g., marbled endpapers, armorial bookplate on front pastedowns, some light toning, hinges weak, spine ends chipped, 'Rome' binding seared at edges and spine, covers detatched; internally very clean and bright.
Omaha: Abattoir Editions, University of Nebraska, 1982. Edition limited to 195 copies, 8vo, pp. 64; 4 full-page illustrations printed in green; original gray cloth, printed wrap-around label on upper cover and spine; fine. Printed on a Washington press with Romulus type and Cancellersca display on Ragston paper by Kathleene West and Don Knoepfler.
Omaha: Abattoir Editions, University of Nebraska, 1982. Edition limited to 150 copies (this, no. 99), 4to, pp. 38, ; text in double column; 2 wood engravings by McCurdy; original brown paper wrappers, wrap-around label on spine and upper cover; fine. Printed by Harry Duncan on Japanese etching paper.
Omaha: Abattoir Editions, University of Nebraska, 1984. Edition limited to 250 copies (this, no. 146), 8vo, pp. 59, ; fine in original tan cloth, printed wraparound label on spine and upper cover. Printed by Harry Duncan from Walbaum types and the artist's original woodblocks on Ingres Antique laid paper.
Omaha: Abattoir Editions, University of Nebraska, 1983. First edition limited to 290 copies (this, no. 95 and one of 198 copies printed on Rising book paper), 8vo, pp. 79, ; frontispiece; original cream-colored linen, printed paper label on spine; fine. Printed by Harry Duncan, Roger C. Nielson, and Alison Wilson.
Omaha: Abattoir Editions, University of Nebraska, 1983. Edition limited to 290 copies (this, no. 73), large 8vo, pp. ; printed in red and black; fine in original burnt orange paper wrappers, printed paper label on upper cover; stitched in the Oriental style; fine. Printed by Harry Duncan from Joanna and Perpetua types on Goyu paper.
Omaha: Abattoir Editions, University of Nebraska, 1981. First edition limited to 290 copies (this, no. 285), 8vo, pp. 51, ; printed in red and black; original sheep (?) backed paper-covered boards, printed paper label on spine; fine. Dedicated to Richard Lattimore. Printed on Ingres-Fabriano paper from Bembo type, Joanna italic and Octavian capitals and Perpetua initials, by Harry Duncan and Mark Watson.