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  1. A Collection of English Words not Generally used,
    First edition, "the earliest attempt to gather, interpret and discuss the remnants of older and local language as a contribution not only to the better understanding of the provincial communities, but to those antiquarian studies which were leading men to a knowledge of the Anglo-Saxon and Celtic tongues" (Raven). This copy... Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 90721

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  2. 131203
    First edition of this major English-Italian dictionary, inspired both by Baretti's adulation for Samuel Johnson and by his contempt for the previous English-Italian dictionary of Ferdinando Altieri, whom Baretti castigates in his preface for his ignorance and his "love of obscene words and phrases... as well as of scurrilous... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 131203

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  3. 128152
    First Rockwell Kent trade edition, first printing, in a handsome binding. Kent's imagining of Melville's classic, first published the same year by the Lakeside Press of Chicago in a three-volume limited edition, has been hailed as a masterpiece of 20th-century book illustration and credited with reviving public interest... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 128152

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  4. 128721
    First edition of this scarce and rather eccentric technical dictionary with definitions in English and Dutch. A broad spectrum of subjects is covered, including architecture and applied arts, botany and mathematics, law, military and naval terms, heraldry, ancient history, alongside archaisms and obscure vocabulary drawn... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 128721

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  5. 122454
    First US edition, uncommon in the publisher's cloth. First published in 1621, the title page indicated that this is the "first American edition, from the thirteenth English edition, corrected". The Anatomy "was one of the most popular books of the seventeenth century. All the learning of the age as well as its humour - and... Learn More
    £1,000

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  6. 102361
    Scots Proverbs... His fame was now growing apace, and..."> Second edition of the Scottish poet and editor's chapbook of proverbs (first 1737). After the publication of A Collection of Thirty Fables in 1730, Ramsay "was content to prepare new editions and undertake editorial work such as his 1737 collection, Scots Proverbs... His fame was now growing apace, and... Learn More
    £225

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  7. 118187
    First edition, the complete set, of the Irish writer and popular lecturer's treatises on a wide range of scientific topics, including astronomy, geology, optical images, the steam engine, and clocks. "At the height of his career, Lardner lectured extensively on scientific and technical subjects, wrote prolifically, and became... Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 118187

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  8. The Cynic's Word Book.
    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 "enlightened souls who prefer... Learn More
    £300

    Stock Code: 115324

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  9. The Dictionary of Universal Information.
    A handsomely bound set of Beeton's Dictionary of Universal Information, originally published 1858-62. Learn More
    £325

    Stock Code: 107326

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  10. A Dictionary of the English Language.
    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 his friend Benjamin Franklin, turned his... Learn More
    £1,875

    Stock Code: 109529

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  11. Laughter in Hell.
    First edition, second printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Dorothy, for our first meeting, Jim Tully". Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 106874

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  12. A Dictionary of the English Language …
    A most attractive trio of 18th-century desk dictionaries and geographical-historical reference works, housed together in a book-form case. Learn More
    £1,875

    Stock Code: 104275

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  13. Hints on the Study of Gujarati.
    Fourth edition, first published 1900, still in print in a tenth edition in 1938. Fairly uncommon, OCLC locates 19 copies worldwide, but just 4 locations in the UK, BL, SOAS, Oxford, TCD. "There is no denying the fact that many forces are at work at the present day, towards the development and cultivation of Indian vernaculars.... Learn More
    £65

    Stock Code: 98303

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  14. 91495
    First edition of this 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 of Parma. Relatively common institutionally, but rarely encountered on... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 91495

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  15. Dictionnaire universel de commerce:
    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 politically and financially... Learn More
    £6,750

    Stock Code: 89895

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  16. An universal European Dictionary of Merchandise,
    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 and... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 88447

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  17. A Jazz Lexicon.
    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 Speech, an academic journal, Gold had written "The Vernacular of the... Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 85621

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  18. Dictionnaire universel de la Geographie commerçante,
    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,... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 84125

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  19. Ship Building English-Japanese Japanese-English Glossary.
    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 copy with the ownership... Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 82913

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  20. 79184
    A lovely set in 25 volumes, including a dictionary and an atlas volume, all in a handsome custom cabinet. Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 79184

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  21. A New and General Biographical Dictionary;
    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 Haworth. The family lived... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 61666

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  22. 41369
    Uncommon, COPAC has only four copies of this revised edition, OCLC adds just four more. Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 41369

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  23. 28964
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 28964

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  24. 42930
    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 the Academie des Sciences. An English translation was published... Learn More
    £1,800

    Stock Code: 42930

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