Title: The Imperial Lexicon of the English Language, exhibiting the pronunciation, etymology, and explanation of every word usually employed in Science, Literature, and Art.
Publication: Edinburgh, London and Glasgow: A. Fullarton & Co., [c.1853]
Description: 2 vols., imperial 8vo, pp. 756, 742 + 79 plates. Plates 10, 34-35, 56-75 misbound, slight browning, spotted or finger-soiled in places. Half calf over cloth boards, rebacked with original spine onlaid, marbled endpapers. Boards rubbed, extremities worn. Manuscript booklabel of Richard B. Reed February 1864 to front pastedowns.
Third edition - under a new, very important title - of this English dictionary first published in 1847 as 'A Popular and Complete English Dictionary'. The preface of this new edition, which had the adjective 'imperial' added to the title, celebrated the English language as one 'spoken in every latitude of the globe; it is displacing every older tongue found prevailing in those countries where it has taken root; in a few years it will be the native tongue of more people than the whole of Europe will contain'.
Bibliography: O'Neill, Engl.-language dictionaries, B-156; Kennedy 6469.
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