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  1. Webster’s Dictionary of Synonyms.

    Webster’s Dictionary of Synonyms. 1951

    £275

    An attractively bound copy. Read more

  2. The Cynic’s Word Book.

    The Cynic’s Word Book. 1906

    £300

    First edition, first impression, first issue (without frontispiece), of the first half (A-L) of the infamous satirical lexicon that would in 1911 be completed under the title The Devil’s Dictionary. The author, known as “Bitter Bierce” (1842-1914), aims in his Preface at a readership of …Read more

  3. A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles;

    A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles; 1888–1933

    £6,750

    First edition in book form. “The N.E.D., as it was originally cited, or the O.E.D., as it is now known, is the greatest treasure-house of any language in the world, unrivalled for its comprehensiveness and ease of consultation as well as for its reliability and …Read more

  4. A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon and Cant:

    A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon and Cant: 1889-90

    £250

    First and limited edition, number 292 of 675 copies; a handsomely produced work and one of the most important contributions to the codification of slang. The preface is by Albert Barrère, a professor at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, who had compiled both A Dictionary …Read more

  5. A Dictionary of the English Language:

    A Dictionary of the English Language: 1785

    £1,750

    Sixth edition, with the ownership inscription of Lord and Lady Raglan, dated 1853, to the initial blank of each volume, and with the later bookplate of Cefntilla Court, the Monmouthshire seat of the Raglans, to the front pastedowns. Lord FitzRoy Somerset, first Baron Raglan (1788-1855) …Read more

  6. A Dictionary Persian, Hindoostanee and English;

    A Dictionary Persian, Hindoostanee and English; 1809

    £5,000

    First edition. “Gladwin was a man of wide intellectual interests – he accumulated a remarkable library – and with a passion for learning languages and for making translations, above all from Persian. He published a large number of his translations. In 1775 he produced a …Read more

  7. A Dictionary of the English Language.

    A Dictionary of the English Language. 1831-32

    £1,875

    First UK edition of the dictionary that almost at once became, and has remained, the standard English dictionary in the United States. Webster wanted to stress the political separation from Britain by the cultivation of a distinct American language, and so, under the influence of …Read more

  8. A Chinese and English Vocabulary in the Pekinese Dialect.

    A Chinese and English Vocabulary in the Pekinese Dialect. 1871

    £2,000

    First edition. Presentation copy from the author to his father, inscribed on the front free endpaper: “First fruits of seven years labour and study presented to Mr James Stent, by his affectionate son, The Author” and inscribed on an albumen print portrait (bound in as …Read more

  9. The Dictionary of Universal Information.

    The Dictionary of Universal Information. 1877

    £325

    A handsomely bound set of Beeton’s Dictionary of Universal Information, originally published 1858–62. Read more

  10. Laughter in Hell.

    Laughter in Hell. 1932

    £375

    First edition, second printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Dorothy, for our first meeting, Jim Tully”. Read more

  11. Experiment in Autobiography.

    Experiment in Autobiography. 1934

    £125

    First editions, first impressions. Read more

  12. Footprints.

    Footprints. 1929

    £375

    First UK edition, first impression. It was first published in the US earlier the same year, and won the USA Scotland Yard Prize for the best detective story of the year. From the publisher’s archive. Read more

  13. A Dictionary of South African English on Historical Principles.

    A Dictionary of South African English on Historical Principles. 1996

    £3,000

    First edition, number 66 of 100 copies signed on the title page by Nelson Mandela, in his capacity as Founder and Chairperson of the Nelson Mandela’s Children’s Fund. The book is the culmination of over three decades’ work towards a thoroughly historical dictionary of South …Read more

  14. Hints on the Study of Gujarati.

    Hints on the Study of Gujarati. 1913

    £65

    Fourth edition, first published 1900, still in print in a tenth edition in 1938. Fairly uncommon, OCLC locates 19 copies world-wide, but just 4 locations in the UK, BL, SOAS, Oxford, TCD. “There is no denying the fact that many forces are at work at …Read more

  15. Grammatica linguae Turcicae,

    Grammatica linguae Turcicae, 1670

    £2,500

    First and only edition of the first Turkish grammar printed in England, one of 300 copies printed, well-held institutionally but complete copies scarce in commerce; this copy inscribed on the verso of the first blank,”the late Sir Wm. Jones’ copy”, with the ownership inscription of …Read more

  16. A Dictionary of the English Language …

    A Dictionary of the English Language … 1794–95

    £1,875

    A most attractive trio of 18th-century desk dictionaries and geographical-historical reference works, housed together in a book-form case. Read more

  17. Dictionnaire historique et critique.

    Dictionnaire historique et critique. 1697

    £7,500

    First edition of Bayle’s dictionary, which bore a tremendous influence on the Age of Enlightenment and its emblematic Encyclopédie. One of 2,000 copies printed. French Protestant Pierre Bayle (1647–1706) wrote his Dictionnaire while on self-imposed exile in Rotterdam as an “anti-clerical counterblast to Moreri’s [Le …Read more

  18. Dictionnaire universel de commerce:

    Dictionnaire universel de commerce: 1723-30

    £6,750

    First edition, complete with the supplementary volume, of the first commercial dictionary. Produced by the two sons of Jacques Savary, author of Le Parfait Négociant. Savary wrote on commercial topics with considerable authority in that he made a large fortune through commerce. He suffered both …Read more

  19. The Sailor’s Word-Book:

    The Sailor’s Word-Book: 1867

    £950

    First edition. Craig describes the book as containing “full and learned definitions, but little attempt at etymology or derivation”. but remains uncommon, and invaluable reference for all that. Smyth went to sea early in the merchant service “in 1804 was in the East India Company’s …Read more

  20. Hegemon eis tas glossas [graece] id est, Ductor in linguas, The Guide into Tongues.

    Hegemon eis tas glossas [graece] id est, Ductor in linguas, The Guide into Tongues. 1617

    £25,000

    First edition, John Locke’s copy with his ownership inscription and press-mark to the upper inside cover, the usual location for his signature. Minsheu’s was the first etymological dictionary of the English language, and only the second etymological dictionary of any modern European language (after the …Read more

  21. A Dictionary of the English Language:

    A Dictionary of the English Language: 1755

    £25,000

    First edition of this most famous of English dictionaries, in an extremely handsome contemporary binding. The creation of the dictionary was Johnson’s greatest literary labour. Helped by a succession of needy amanuenses who worked in the surprisingly spacious garret of his house in Gough Square, …Read more

  22. Dizionario Storico degli Autori Arabi piu Celebri e delle Principali Loro Opere.

    Dizionario Storico degli Autori Arabi piu Celebri e delle Principali Loro Opere. 1807

    £1,500

    First edition. Handsomely-presented bio-bibliographical compilation on the great Arab authors of history. The author was one of the leading Italian Orientalists of the period, lecturer in Hebrew, Syriac and Arabic, and theology at the University Parma. Relatively common institutionally, but rarely encountered on the market. Read more

  23. A Collection of English Words Not Generally used,

    A Collection of English Words Not Generally used, 1674

    £2,750

    First edition. John Ray (1627–1705) was the supreme European naturalist before Linnaeus, and he was also a lexicographer. His travels around Britain with his friend Francis Willughby were primarily to seek out botanical specimens, but they also generated evidence about antiquities, customs, and language, which …Read more

  24. An universal European Dictionary of Merchandise,

    An universal European Dictionary of Merchandise, 1799

    £1,250

    First edition of a multi-lingual dictionary for merchants, the first part giving English words with their European translations, followed by a series of eleven dictionaries of European languages, together with Russian and Latin, and their English translations, compiled by the young German encyclopaedist, lexicographer …Read more

  25. The Professor and the Madman.

    The Professor and the Madman. 1998

    £125

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the title page, “For Leila – On your birthday! All best wishes, Simon Winchester”. Read more

  26. Dictionnaire universel de la Geographie commerçante,

    Dictionnaire universel de la Geographie commerçante, [1799-1800]

    £1,750

    First edition of this monumental work, “an important link in the long chain of economic or semi-economic dictionaries” (Schumpeter), which was originally projected by Peuchet’s friend, the Abbé Andre Morellet. In 1769 Morellet published his Prospectus d’un nouveau dictionnaire de commerce, containing a 34-page supplement, …Read more

  27. A Jazz Lexicon.

    A Jazz Lexicon. 1964

    £125

    First edition. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Sandy & Susan Radner, my ‘boss’ boss and his ‘boss’ [‘wife’ crossed out], ‘old lady’- Bob Gold.” Gold was a lecturer in English at NY University; “For the December 1957 issue of American …Read more

  28. Ship Building English-Japanese Japanese-English Glossary.

    Ship Building English-Japanese Japanese-English Glossary. 1940

    £225

    Second edition, first published 1938. Uncommon, OCLC records a single copy at Linda Hall Library; CiNii shows copies at Kanazama, Fukushima, Hokkaido and Meiji Universities in Japan, and at Liaoning, PRC; Craig notes only the same author’s Japanese-English Vocabulary of Shipbuilding of 1957. This …Read more

  29. Glossaire Nautique.

    Glossaire Nautique. 1848

    £2,750

    First edition. Jal was a member of the French naval historical section, becoming official historiographer and eventually head of the archives. This universal marine dictionary was a labour of love, absorbing much of Jal’s time for over 6 years, winning him the prestigious Prix Gobert …Read more

  30. Nelson’s Encyclopaedia.

    Nelson’s Encyclopaedia. c.1910]

    £1,500

    A lovely set in 25 volumes, including a dictionary and an atlas volume, all in a handsome custom cabinet. Read more

  31. An American Dictionary of the English Language.

    An American Dictionary of the English Language. 1828

    £18,000

    First edition of the dictionary that almost at once became, and has remained, the standard English dictionary in the United States; one of 2,500 copies. Webster wanted to stress the political separation from Britain by the cultivation of a distinct American language, and so, under …Read more

  32. A Dictionary of the English Language:

    A Dictionary of the English Language: 1755

    £14,500

    First edition of this most famous of English dictionaries. This work has at various times been called “the most important British cultural monument of the eighteenth century” (Hitchings); “the only dictionary [of the English language] compiled by a writer of the first rank” (Robert Burchfield); …Read more

  33. The new English dictionary, or complete library of grammatical knowledge:

    The new English dictionary, or complete library of grammatical knowledge: 1792

    £2,500

    First edition thus, an extraordinary piece of Paternoster Row piracy. This dictionary was first published as The New Royal English Dictionary; or, Complete Library of Grammatical Knowledge in 1780, when authorship was ascribed to one Rev. Charles Marriott (who wrote nothing else and is more …Read more

  34. A New and General Biographical Dictionary;

    A New and General Biographical Dictionary; 1798

    £2,500

    First thus. An excellent set in a handsome, perhaps provincial, contemporary binding. All front pastedowns with the ownership of S. Brough, dated 1804, and the armorial bookplates of Benjamin Haworth, most likely Benjamin Blades Haworth (1763–1836), the son and heir of the wealthy merchant Benjamin …Read more

  35. The Gentleman’s Dictionary: in Three Parts.

    The Gentleman’s Dictionary: in Three Parts. 1705

    £750

    First edition in English, originally published as Les arts de l’homme d’épée, ou, Le Dictionnaire du Gentilhomme, Paris, 1678. A splendid pocket guide which seeks to teach the arts of riding; military organization and fortification; and the management and navigation of a ship, in dictionary …Read more

  36. Manuel des Marins, ou Explication des Termes de Marine.

    Manuel des Marins, ou Explication des Termes de Marine. 1773

    £1,800

    First edition. Born in St. Malo in 1732, Bourdé spent his entire career in the employ of the Compagnie des Indes based at Lorient. His reputation was made by the publication in 1765 of Le Manoeuvrier, which he had submitted for the approbation of …Read more

  37. An English and Oordoo Dictionary, in Roman Characters.

    An English and Oordoo Dictionary, in Roman Characters. 1852

    £175

    Uncommon, COPAC has only four copies of this revised edition, OCLC adds just four more. Read more

  38. Geographical Dictionary, Geographical Grammar, Biographical Dictionary, French & English Dictionary, English Dictionary.

    Geographical Dictionary, Geographical Grammar, Biographical Dictionary, French & English Dictionary, English Dictionary. 1802–4

    £1,500

    A fine collection of pocket dictionaries in a beautiful early 18th century red morocco. Read more

  39. A Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English.

    A Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English. 1961

    £250

    Fifth edition with the supplement much enlarged. With the author’s initialled presentation inscription on the front free endpaper of each volume in the year of publication. Franklyn went on himself to write a dictionary of Rhyming Slang published in 1971. Read more

  1. Webster’s Dictionary of Synonyms.
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    (DICTIONARY.) (DICTIONARY.)

    Webster’s Dictionary of Synonyms.

    £275

  2. The Cynic’s Word Book.
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    BIERCE, Ambrose. BIERCE, Ambrose.

    The Cynic’s Word Book.

    £300

  3. A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles;
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    (OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY.) MURRAY, James H.... (OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY.)...

    A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles;

    £6,750

  4. A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon and Cant:
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    BARRÈRE, Albert, & Charles G. Leland... BARRÈRE, Albert, &...

    A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon and Cant:

    £250

  5. A Dictionary of the English Language:
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    JOHNSON, Samuel. JOHNSON, Samuel.

    A Dictionary of the English Language:

    £1,750

  6. A Dictionary Persian, Hindoostanee and English;
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    GLADWIN, Francis. GLADWIN, Francis.

    A Dictionary Persian, Hindoostanee and English;

    £5,000

  7. A Dictionary of the English Language.
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    WEBSTER, Noah. WEBSTER, Noah.

    A Dictionary of the English Language.

    £1,875

  8. A Chinese and English Vocabulary in the Pekinese Dialect.
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    STENT, George Carter. STENT, George Carter.

    A Chinese and English Vocabulary in the Pekinese Dialect.

    £2,000

  9. The Dictionary of Universal Information.
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    (DICTIONARY.) [BEETON, Samuel.] (DICTIONARY.) [BEETON, Samuel.]

    The Dictionary of Universal Information.

    £325

  10. Laughter in Hell.
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    TULLY, Jim. TULLY, Jim.

    Laughter in Hell.

    £375

  11. Experiment in Autobiography.
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    WELLS, H. G. WELLS, H. G.

    Experiment in Autobiography.

    £125

  12. Footprints.
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    STRAHAN, Kay. STRAHAN, Kay.

    Footprints.

    £375

  13. A Dictionary of South African English on Historical Principles.
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    MANDELA, Nelson. MANDELA, Nelson.

    A Dictionary of South African English on Historical Principles.

    £3,000

  14. Grammatica linguae Turcicae,
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    SEAMAN, William. SEAMAN, William.

    Grammatica linguae Turcicae,

    £2,500

  15. A Dictionary of the English Language …
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    (DICTIONARIES.) (DICTIONARIES.)

    A Dictionary of the English Language …

    £1,875

  16. Dictionnaire historique et critique.
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    BAYLE, Pierre. BAYLE, Pierre.

    Dictionnaire historique et critique.

    £7,500

  17. Dictionnaire universel de commerce:
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    SAVARY, Jacques. SAVARY, Jacques.

    Dictionnaire universel de commerce:

    £6,750

  18. Hegemon eis tas glossas [graece] id est, Ductor in linguas, The Guide into Tongues.
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    (LOCKE, John.) MINSHEU, John. (LOCKE, John.) MINSHEU,...

    Hegemon eis tas glossas [graece] id est, Ductor in linguas, The Guide into Tongues.

    £25,000

  19. A Dictionary of the English Language:
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    JOHNSON, Samuel. JOHNSON, Samuel.

    A Dictionary of the English Language:

    £25,000

  20. Dizionario Storico degli Autori Arabi piu Celebri e delle Principali Loro Opere.
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    ROSSI, Giambernardo de. ROSSI, Giambernardo de.

    Dizionario Storico degli Autori Arabi piu Celebri e delle Principali Loro Opere.

    £1,500

  21. A Collection of English Words Not Generally used,
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    RAY, John. RAY, John.

    A Collection of English Words Not Generally used,

    £2,750

  22. An universal European Dictionary of Merchandise,
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    NEMNICH, Philip A. NEMNICH, Philip A.

    An universal European Dictionary of Merchandise,

    £1,250

  23. The Professor and the Madman.
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    WINCHESTER, Simon. WINCHESTER, Simon.

    The Professor and the Madman.

    £125

  24. Dictionnaire universel de la Geographie commerçante,
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    PEUCHET, Jacques. PEUCHET, Jacques.

    Dictionnaire universel de la Geographie commerçante,

    £1,750

  25. A Jazz Lexicon.
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    GOLD, Robert S. GOLD, Robert S.

    A Jazz Lexicon.

    £125

  26. Ship Building English-Japanese Japanese-English Glossary.
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    KURATA, Otokichi. KURATA, Otokichi.

    Ship Building English-Japanese Japanese-English Glossary.

    £225

  27. Glossaire Nautique.
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    JAL, Augustin. JAL, Augustin.

    Glossaire Nautique.

    £2,750

  28. Nelson’s Encyclopaedia.
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    (ENCYCLOPAEDIA.) (ENCYCLOPAEDIA.)

    Nelson’s Encyclopaedia.

    £1,500

  29. An American Dictionary of the English Language.
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    WEBSTER, Noah. WEBSTER, Noah.

    An American Dictionary of the English Language.

    £18,000

  30. A Dictionary of the English Language:
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    JOHNSON, Samuel. JOHNSON, Samuel.

    A Dictionary of the English Language:

    £14,500

  31. The new English dictionary, or complete library of grammatical knowledge:
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    JOHNSON, Samuel [spurious]. JOHNSON, Samuel [spurious].

    The new English dictionary, or complete library of grammatical knowledge:

    £2,500

  32. A New and General Biographical Dictionary;
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    (BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY.) (BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY.)

    A New and General Biographical Dictionary;

    £2,500

  33. The Gentleman’s Dictionary: in Three Parts.
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    GUILLET DE SAINT-GEORGES, George. GUILLET DE SAINT-GEORGES,...

    The Gentleman’s Dictionary: in Three Parts.

    £750

  34. Manuel des Marins, ou Explication des Termes de Marine.
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    BOURDÉ [DE VILLEHUET, Jacques]. BOURDÉ [DE VILLEHUET,...

    Manuel des Marins, ou Explication des Termes de Marine.

    £1,800

  35. An English and Oordoo Dictionary, in Roman Characters.
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    THOMPSON, Joseph T. THOMPSON, Joseph T.

    An English and Oordoo Dictionary, in Roman Characters.

    £175

  36. Geographical Dictionary, Geographical Grammar, Biographical Dictionary, French & English Dictionary, English Dictionary.
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    (DICTIONARIES: Pocket Editions.) (DICTIONARIES: Pocket Editions.)

    Geographical Dictionary, Geographical Grammar, Biographical Dictionary, French & English Dictionary, English Dictionary.

    £1,500

  37. A Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English.
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    PARTRIDGE, Eric. PARTRIDGE, Eric.

    A Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English.

    £250

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