A. Edward Newton's Copy of Webster

    Noah Webster. An American Dictionary of the English Language; Exhibiting the Origin, Orthography, Pronunciation, and Definitions of Words. New York: S. Converse, 1829.

    First abridged edition. Octavo. 1,011 pages.

    Publisher's full leather with leather spine label. Though showing some rubbing, edge wear, and minor soiling, the binding is remarkably solid for a title that is typically found heavily-handled. The endpapers have been reinforced along the edges and there is light toning and foxing throughout. Bookplates of A. Edward Newton - noted book collector and bibliophile -- and George E. Cummings. In overall very good condition.

    Produced a year after Webster's original two-volume edition, this abridgement was edited by Joseph Emerson Worcester. Worcester had been Webster's assistant on the two-volume edition and would later become a competitor, producing his own dictionary in 1830. This rivalry led to what has become known as the "dictionary wars."

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