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A Dictionary of the English Language …

The Fourth Edition, with additions and improvements; A Compendious Geographical Dictionary ... The second edition. Embellished with maps; [MAIR, John.] A Compendious Geographical and Historical Grammar ...

Published: London: for W. Peacock, 1794–95

Stock code: 104275

Price: £1,875

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A most attractive trio of 18th-century desk dictionaries and geographical-historical reference works, housed together in a book-form case.

3 works, duodecimo (127 83 mm). Uniformly bound in contemporary red morocco, flat spines gilt in compartments, gilt rules to sides, marbled endpapers, gilt edges. Housed together in a contemporary book-form case in red morocco gilt to match, with a curved spine forming the box lid, held with a metal clasp and leather hinge (the hinge now defective, though the lid still sits neatly on the box), gold paper edges. Second work with 7 folding engraved maps coloured in outline, one as frontispiece; third work with 12 folding engraved maps coloured in outline, one as frontispiece; first and second works printed in double column. Contemporary ownership inscriptions of Caroline Georgiana Anderson. Small knock at head of box lid, sides with minor scrapes from the metal clasp, internally excellent; overall a most attractive set.

Bibliography: Dictionary of the English Language: Alston, V, 333; Compendious Geographical Dictionary: Alston, XI, 146.

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