Abridged Edition. Very Good. Item #4863
Edinburgh: William Tait, 1846. Abridged Edition. Octavo. 775 pages. Engraved portrait frontis with tissue guard. Full contemporary tree calf with gilt rules, gauffered edges, and dentelles on turn-ins, along with gilt ornaments to spine and red leather spine label. Marbled page edges and endpapers. Bookplate of author William Safire at front pastedown. Bookseller's ticket of Hugh Hopkins, "the doyen of Glasgow Booksellers," on verso of front free endpaper. Light shelfwear to boards, with a one inch chip to top edge of crown. Some wear to hinges, but sturdy in binding.
An abridgment to Jamieson's Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language, originally appearing in 1808. Includes a reminiscence of the author from John Johnstone. This copy from the personal library of author, journalist, and speechwriter William Safire, whose On Language column ran for 30 years in The New York Times Magazine.