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New York: George Braziller, . 4to, pp. 26, [139 plates w/text]; illustrated with beautiful reproductions in color from the Illuminated Manuscript belonging to the Musée Condé, Chantilly, France; Translated from the French by Victoria Benedict; fine in original maroon cloth decorated in gilt on upper cover and spine, in fine slipcase.
Philadelphia: American Sunday-School Union, 1839. First edition, 8vo, pp. 522; large folding frontispiece map engraved after C.E. Ely, from the Adriatic in the NW to the Persian Gulf in the SE, text in double column, a few other illus. in text; contemporary full calf gilt, red morocco label on spine; extremities quite rubbed, but the binding is sound; some foxing.
[Racine, Wisconsin]: [The Johnson Foundation], . 4to, unpaginated; faint library stamp on upper cover (dated 1965), covers a bit worn, else very good in dark green pictorial wrappers. "A group of 70 Midwestern communicators in two important fields --the press and college teaching-- met at Wingspread, conference center and home of The Johnson Foundation, on March 7, 1964, for an up-to-the-minute briefing on factors relating to the current situation in Viet Nam and southeast Asia" (introduction).
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.
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.""
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.