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James A.H. Murray
London: Oxford: At the Clarendon Press, 1888. These hardcover books are in good condition, clean and unmarked throughout. The leather covers have some scuffing, some bumping around the corners and top and bottom of spine, as with any well-used reference set, and some white spotting on half-leather binding. Six of the volumes have small tears to the leather at the top of the spine, including one repaired chip. I am offering for sale a true first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, whose original title, in full, was A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles; Founded Mainly on the Materials Collected by the Philological Society, edited by James A.H. Murray, Sometime President of the Philological Society, with the assistance of many scholars and men of science. There are other sets identified as first editions but are actually later publishings that include supplements. This is the true first, consisting of 10 volumes bound in 12 volumes, published upon completion of each volume, the first, A-B, in 1888, and the last, V-Z, in 1928. They are bound in half dark-red Morocco, with lighter-red pebbled boards. The volumes range in size from about 400 pages to about 800, and the largest volume weighs in at a bit more than 15 pounds. If you are interested in this set you probably already know this, but the Oxford English Dictionary represents one of the greatest feats of scholarship in any language, and certainly in terms of dictionaries no other language has anything like it. The full 10-volume set includes 240,165 main words, 67,105 subordinate words, 47,800 combination … [Click Below for Full Description]
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