Page images
PDF
EPUB

HAZLITT (W.).—Continued.
LECTURES ON THE CHARACTERS OF SHAKE-

SPEARE'S PLAYS.
LECTURES ON THE LITERATURE OF THE AGE OF

ELIZABETH, chiefly Dramatic.
IRVING (WASHINGTON).-

LIFE OF MOHAMMED. With Portrait.
LIVES OF SUCCESSORS OF MOHAMMED.
LIFE OF GOLDSMITH.
SKETCH-BOOK.
TALES OF A TRAVELLER,
TOUR ON THE PRAIRIES,
CONQUESTS OF GRANADA AND SPAIN. Two Parts.
LIFE AND VOYAGES OF COLUMBUS. Two Parts.
COMPANIONS OF COLUMBUS: Their Voyages and Dis-

coveries. ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN BONNEVILLE in the Rocky

Mountains and the Far West.
KNICKERBOCKER'S HISTORY OF NEW YORK, from the

Beginning of the World to the End of the Dutch Dynasty.
TALES OF THE ALHAMBRA.
CONQUEST OF FLORIDA UNDER HERNANDO DE

SOTO.
ABBOTSFORD AND NEWSTEAD ABBEY.
SALMAGUNDI; or, The Whim - Whams and Opinions of

LAUNCELOT LANGSTAFF, Esq.
BRACEBRIDGE HALL; or, The Humourists.
ASTORIA ; or, Anecdotes of an Enterprise beyond the Rocky

Mountains.
WOLFERT'S ROOST, and Other Tsles.
LANB (CHARLES). —

ESSAYS OF ELIA. With a Portrait.
LAST ESSAYS OF ELIA.

ELIANA. With Biographical Sketch.
MARRYAT (CAPTAIN).
PIRATE AND THE THREE CUTTERS. With a Memoir of

the Author,

[blocks in formation]

The only authorised Edition; no others published in England contain the Derivations and Etymological Notes of Dr. Mahn, who

devoted several years to this portion of the Work. WEBSTER'S DICTIONARY

OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE. Thoroughly revised and improved by CHAUNCEY A. GOODRICH, D.D., LL.D.,

and Noah Porter, D.D., of Yale College.

THE GUINEA DICTIONARY. New Edition (1880), with a Supplement of upwards of 4600 New Words and

Meanings.

1628 Pages. 3000 Illustrations. The features of this volume, which render it perhaps the most useful Dictionary for general reference extant, as it is undoubtedly one of the cheapest books ever published, are as follows :1. COMPLETENESS.—It contains 114,000 words-more by 10,000 than any

other Dictionary ; and these are, for the most part, unusual or technical

terms, for the explanation of which a Dictionary is most wanted. 2. ACCURACY OF DEFINITION.-In the present edition all the definitions have

been carefully and methodically analysed by W. G. Webster, the Rev. C. Goodrich. Prof. Lyman, Prof. 'Whitney, and Prof. Gilman, under the

superintendence of Prof. Goodrich. 3. SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL Terms.-In order to secure the utmost

completeness and accuracy of definition, this department has been subdivided among eminent scholars and experts, including Prof, Dana, Prof.

Lyman, &c. 4. ETYMOLOGY.—The eminent philologist, Dr. C. F. Mahn, has devoted five

years to completing this department. 5. THE ORTHOGRAPHY is based, as far as possible, on Fixed Principles. In WEBSTER'S DICTIONARY.

al cases of doubt an alternative spelling is given. 6. PRONUNCIATION.—This has been entrusted to Mr. W. G. Webster and Mr.

Wheeler, assisted by other scholars. The pronunciation of each word is

indicated by typographical signs printed at the bottom of each page. 7. THE ILLUSTRATIVE CITATIONS.-No labour has been spared to embody

such quotations from standard authors as may throw light on the defini.

tions, or possess any special interest of thought or language. 8. THE SYNONYMS.—These are subjoined to the words to which they belong,

and are very complete. 9. THE ILLUSTRATIONS, which exceed 3000, are inserted, not for the sake of

ornament, but to elucidate the meaning of words. Cloth, 215. ; half-bound in calf, 305. ; calf or half russia, 315, 6d.; russia, 21.

To be obtained through all Booksellers.

6

'SEVENTY years passed before Johnson was followed by Webster, an American writer, who faced the task of the English Dictionary with a full appreciation of its requirements, leading to better practical results.

His laborious comparison of twenty languages, though never published, bore fruit in his own mind, and his training placed him both in knowledge and judgment far in advance of Johnson as a philologist. Webster's American Dictionary of the English Language was published in 1828, and of course appeared at once in England, where successive re-editing has yet kept it in the highest place as a practical Dictionary.'

• The acceptance of an American Dictionary in England has itself had immense effect in keeping up the community of speech, to break which would be a grievous harm, not to English-speaking nations alone, but to mankind. The result of this has been that the common Dictionary must suit both sides of the Atlantic.'

'The good average business-like character of Webster's Dictionary, both in style and matter, made it as distinctly suited as Johnson's was distinctly unsuited to be expanded and re-edited by other hands. Professor Goodrich's edition of 1847 is not much more than enlarged and amended; but other revisions since have so much novelty of plan as to be described as distinct works.'

The American revised Webster's Dictionary of 1864, published in America and England, is of an altogether higher order than these last [The London Imperial and Student's]. It bears on its title-page the names of Drs. Goodrich and Porter, but inasmuch as its especial improvement is in the etymological department; the care of which was committed to Dr. Mahn of Berlin, we prefer to describe it in short as the Webster-Mahn Dictionary. Many other literary men, among them Professors Whitney and Dana, aided in the task of compilation and revision. On consideration it seems that the editors and contributors have gone

far toward improving Webster to the utmost that he will bear improvement. The vocabulary has become almost complete as regards usual words, while the definitions keep throughout to Webster's simple careful style, and the derivations are assigned with the aid of good modern authorities.'

‘On the whole, the Webster-Mahn Dictionary as it stands is most respectable, and certainly the best Practical English Dictionary extant.'-From the Quarterly Review, Oct. 1873.

6

LONDON : G. BELL & SONS, YORK STREET, COVENT GARDEN.

New Edition, with a New Biographical Supplement of upwards of 900 Names. WEBSTER'S COMPLETE DICTIONARY AND BOOK OF LITERARY REFERENCE.

1919 Pages. 3000 Illustrations.

Besides the matter comprised in the WEBSTER'S GUINEA DICTIONARY, this volume contains the following Appendices, which will show that no pains have been spared to make it a complete Literary Reference-book :

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE. By Prof. James Hadley. PRINCIPLES OF PRONUNCIATION. By Prof. Goodrich and W. A. Wheeler, M.A,

Including a Synopsis of Words differently pronounced by different authorities. A SHORT TREATISE ON ORTHOGRAPHY. By A. W. Wright. Including a com

plete List of Words that are spelt in two or more ways. VOCABULARY OF NOTED NAMES OF FICTION. By W. A. Wheeler, M.A. This

work includes Mythical Names ; including also Pseudonyms, Nick-names of eminent persons and parties, &c. &c.

This work may also be had separately, post 8vo. price 5s. A PRONOUNCING VOCABULARY OF SCRIPTURE PROPER NAMES. By W. A.

Wheeler. M.A. A PRONOUNCING VOCABULARY OF GREEK AND LATIN PROPER NAMES. By

Prof. Thacher. AN ETYMOLOGICAL VOCABULARY OF MODERN GEOGRAPHICAL NAMES. By the

Rev. C. H. Wheeler. PRONOUNCING VOCABULARIES OF MODERN GEOGRAPHICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL

NAMES. By J. Thomas, M.D. A PRONOUNCING VOCABULARY OF COMMON ENGLISH CHRISTIAN NAMES, with

their derivations, signification, &c. A DICTIONARY OF QUOTATIONS. Containing all Words, Phrases, Proverbs, and

Colloquial Expressions from the Greek, Latin, and Modern Languages met

with in literature. A NEW BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF UPWARDS OF 9700 NAMES OF NOTED

PERSONS, ANCIENT AND MODERN. A LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS, CONTRACTIONS, AND ARBITRARY SIGNS USED IN

WRITING AND PRINTING, A CLASSIFIED SELECTION OF PICTORIAL ILLUSTRATIONS (70 pages). With

references to the text. "The cheapest Dictionary ever published, as it is confessedly one of the best. The introduction of small woodcut illustrations of technical and scientific terms adds greatly to the utility of the Dictionary.'--Churchman.

Il. 11s. 6d. ; half-calf, 21. ; calf or half-russia, 2l. 25. ; russia, 21. 1os.

[ocr errors]

LONDON:
Printed by STRANGEWAYS AND Sons, Tower Street, Upper St. Martin's Lane.

[ocr errors]
« PreviousContinue »