BIERCE, Ambrose.

The Cynic's Word Book.

New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1906 Stock Code: 115324
£300.00

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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 dry wines to sweet, sense to sentiment, good English to slang, and wit to humour". Some examples merit quoting: "AUCTIONEER, n. The Man who proclaims with a hammer that he has picked a pocket with his tongue."; "DISOBEDIENCE, n. The silver lining to the cloud of servitude."; "FAMOUS, adj. Conspicuously miserable."; and "LAZINESS, n. Unwarranted repose of manner in a person of low degree." A nice copy.

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Description

Octavo. Original olive cloth titled and decorated in red and black, top edge gilt.

Condition

Rubbing to ends and corners, and a little from titles on front board, superficial cracking to front hinge, a very good copy.

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