Dictionaries, Reference & Primers

Dictionaries, encyclopedias, general reference works, and primers

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Noah Webster. An American Dictionary of the English Language; Containing the Whole Vocabulary of the First Edition in Two Volumes Quarto; The Entire Corrections and Improvements of the Second Edition in Two Volumes Royal Octavo; to which is Prefixed an Introductory Dissertation on the Origin, History, and Connection, of the Languages of Western Asia and Europe, with an Explanation of the Principles on which Languages Are Formed; Revised and Enlarged by Chauncey A. Goodrich with Pronouncing Vocabularies of Scripture, Classical, and Geographical Names. Later printing Book condition: Good +

Springfield, Massachusetts: George and Charles Merriam, 1862. Later printing. Full leather. Good +. An American Civil War era Webster’s dictionary with last copyright of 1859, and 1862 on title page. Leather bound (sheep?) with 5 raised bands. Leather heavily worn. Boards loose and showing cord at the hinges. Fraying and tears at head and tail of spine. End papers showing prices from the Merriam catalogue. Previous owner’s bookplate on first free end paper. Frontis with intact tissue guard. Text block binding is sound and strong. No markings. Quarto, 8 x 11 inches tall.

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Noah Webster. Webster’s New Twentieth Century Dictionary of the English Language, Unabridged, Second edition. Edition: Early Printing. Fine

Cleveland and New York: The World Publishing Company, 1968. Early Printing. Cloth. Fine/good. A fine example of Webster’s second or the W2 in a good dust jacket. Appears barely used, with no markings or flaws to book. Brown cloth with gold title stamping and blue accents. Indo-European language tree end papers. Original good dust jacket for 1968 shows chipping and two 1.5 inch tears plus many small closed tears at top edge of jacket. Dust jacket now protected in a clear, removable, archival cover. Maps, illustrations. 2129 pp. plus appendices.

One of the most collectible of modern dictionaries. Extra shipping charges apply outside the US, billed at actual cost.


Noah Webster & Joseph Devlin. Webster’s Universal Dictionary of the English Language with A Comprehensive Addendum of Newest Words. 
Cleveland: World Syndicate Publishing Co., 1937. Complete 2 volume set.

Near fine. Two volume set. Ornate embossed tan leatherette cover with red stamped centerpiece. Includes dictionary, Presidents of the U.S. with illustrations, amended spellings, faulty diction, 1000 questions, commercial and financial terms in 8 languages, Constitution of the U.S., U.S. History, gazetteer, maps of the world. Frontispiece of Noah Webster and title page in vol. 1 page creased vertically. Mild toning to endpapers and pages in both volumes. Small quarto, 8 1/2 x 11 in. tall.

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