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Auction 145, Lot 867

"A Complete and Universal Dictionary of the English Language: Comprehending the Explanation, Pronunciation, Origin, and Synonymes of Each Word; an Epitome of History, Biography, and the Useful Sciences...",

Subject: Miscellaneous Books

Period: 1848 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

9 x 11 inches
22.9 x 27.9 cm
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This dictionary, by the Reverend James Barclay, reads more like an encyclopedia with very thorough definitions throughout the nearly 1000 pages of text. Interspersed throughout the text are 22 maps (alphabetically) covering mostly Europe along with maps of the World, Americas, Africa, and Asia. The map of America shows Mexico still in control of the West and Texas is part of the United States, suggesting a circa date of 1846. In addition to the maps are a frontispiece, 35 portraits of English Monarchs, and views of Quebec (2), Montreal and Halifax. 984 pp. Hardbound in quarter leather and tips over green cloth boards with gilt title on raised spine.


Condition: B+

Text, maps and plates are very good with some light even-age toning and occasional minor foxing. Contents are tight with light wear to the covers and spine.

Estimate: $400 - $500


Closed on 6/12/2013