DescriptionSalem Town. An Analysis of the Derivative Words in the English Language; or, a Key to Their Precise Analytic Definitions, by Prefixes and Suffixes: Designed to Furnish an Easy and Expeditious Method of Acquiring a Knowledge of Derivative Words, from a Knowledge of their Component Parts. New York: Harper & Bros., 1836. Krown & Spellman retail: $120. Third edition. 8vo. iv, 164pp. Publisher's cloth. Foxing. Otherwise, a decent copy. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
Salem Town's (1779-1864) ambitious Analysis was the main competition to the authority of Webster in the 1830's and 1840's. He promised to explain prefixes, suffixes, and foreign-based root words so that the English language would loose all mystery.
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