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A New English Dictionary
on Historical Principles;
edited by James
A. H. Murray, Henry Bradley, William A. Craigie and C. T. Onions
Founded mainly on
the materials collected by The Philological Society.
Press, 1888–1933, 1933 in its original trade binding, maroon half-morocco
(probably sheep masquerading as goat) with cloth sides, minor gold tooling
to spine and boards, gilt to head of text block. Smooth spine. Library
copy with 1950s acquisition stamps, well-used. Leather flaky, one spine
cover detached (but still with book). Some folding etc. of pages in prelims
of volumes, but structure apparently sound.
11 volumes bound
in 13, large quarto (325 x 255 mm First edition in book form.
as it was originally cited, or the O.E.D., as it is now known, is the greatest
treasure-house of any language in the world, unrivalled for its comprehensiveness
and ease of consultation as well as for its reliability and scholarship"
(PMM 371). "The scheme of 'a completely new English Dictionary' was conceived
in 1858 Herbert Coleridge and after him Dr. F. J. Furnivall, were the first
editors. Their work, which covered 20 years, consisted mainly in the collection
of materials, and it was not until Dr. J. A. H. Murray took the matter
up in 1878 that the preparation of the Dictionary began to take active
form . The essential feature of the Dictionary is its historical method,
by which the meaning and form of the words are traced from their earliest
appearance on the basis of an immense number of quotations, collected by
more than 800 voluntary workers. The Dictionary contains a record of 414,825
words, whose history is illustrated by 1,827,306 quotations" (Drabble,
728). The Dictionary was originally issued in fascicles which were then
gathered into book form. After Murray's death the editing was entrusted
to his colleagues Henry Bradley, W. A. Craigie, and C. T. Onions. The one-volume
supplement, edited by W. A. Craigie and C. T. Onions, was published in
1933. Printing and the Mind of Man 371.