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(OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY.) MURRAY, James H. (ed.)

A New English Dictionary of Historical Principles;

Founded Mainly on the Materials Collected by the Philological Society. Edited by James H. Murray.

Published: Oxford: at the Clarendon Press, 1888-1928

Stock code: 92869

Price: £8,750

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First edition in book form of “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 scholarship” (PMM). “The scale of the OED was astonishing by comparison with that of any English dictionary published before the end of the nineteenth century. Murray had revolutionized the whole process by which the English language was mapped” (ODNB).

10 volumes bound as 20, quarto. Publisher’s burgundy half morocco, red pebbled sides with gilt rules, titles gilt to spines, Original maroon half morocco, red pebbled sides, titles to spines gilt, burgundy endpapers, top edges gilt. Very slight fading to some spines, tiny nicks to the occasional corner, but a superb set in exceptional condition.

Bibliography: Printing and the Mind of Man 371.

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