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The English Dialect Dictionary.
London: Henry Frowde,, 1898–1905. being the complete vocabulary of all dialect words still in use, or known to have been in use during the last two hundred years, founded on the publications of the English dialect society and on a large amount of material never before printed. 6 volumes, quarto (307 x 253 mm). Contemporary brown half morocco, decorative gilt spines, marbled sides with double gilt rules, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt. Ownership inscription to binder's blank in one vol., bookseller's ticket to front pastedowns of vols. I—V. Very slightly faded spines, occasional scuffing to sides, couple of tips bumped, extremities lightly rubbed, light foxing to prelims. An excellent set, attractively bound. First edition of Wright's seminal reference work. Joseph Wright (1855–1930) was professor of Comparative Philology at Oxford University, who tutored J. R. R. Tolkien. The six volumes of his Dictionary contain about 100,000 words of local dialects from all over England, gathered together with the aid of 1,000 helpers in committees throughout the country, who collected words and phrases in their regions (ODNB).
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