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New Edition [1880], with a Supplement of upwards of 4600 New Words and Meanings.



NOTE. The only authorized Editions of this Dictionary are those here described: no others published in England contain the Derivations and Etymological Notes of Dr. Mahn, who devoted several years to this portion of the Work. See page 4.


OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE. Thoroughly revised and im-
D.D., of Yale College.

The peculiar 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

2. Accuracy of Definition.--In this department the labours of Dr. Webster were most valuable, in correcting the faulty and redundant definitions of Dr. Johnson, which had previously been almost universally adopted. In the present edition all the definitions have been carefully and methodically analysed by W. G. Webster, Esq., the Rev. Chauncey Goodrich, Prof. Lyman, Prof. Whitney, and Prof. Gilman, with the assistance and 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.Dans, Pref. Lyman, &c.

4. Etymology. The eminent philologist, Dr. C. F. MAHN, has devoted five years to perfecting this department.

5. The Orthography is based as far as
possible on Fixed Principles. In all cases
of doubt an alternative spelling is given.

6. Pronunciation.-This has been en-
trusted to Mr. W. G. WEBSTER and Mr.
WHEELER, assisted by other scholars. The
pronunciation of each word is indicated by
typographical signs, which are explained
by reference to a KEY 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 definitions, or pos-
sess any special interest of thought or

8. The Synonyms.-These are sub-
Joined to the words to which they belong,
and are very complete.

9. The Illustrations, which exceed 5000,

are inserted, not for the sake of ornament,
but to elucidate the meaning of words
which cannot be satisfactorily explained
without pictorial aid.

The Volume contains 1628 pages, more than 3000 Illustrations, and is sold for One Guinea. It will be found, on comparison, to be one of the cheapest Volumes ever issued. Cloth, 218.; half-bound in calf, 30s.; calf or half-russia, 318. 6d.; russia, £2.

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New Edition, with a New Biographical Supplement of upwards of 9700 Names.


Fity My 86.

OF LITERARY REFERENCE. With 3000 Illustrations. Tho-
roughly revised and improved by CHAUNOEY A. GOODRICH, D.D.,
LL.D., and NOAH PORTER, D.D., of Yale College.

In One Volume, Quarto, strongly bound in cloth, 1919 pages, price £1 11s. 6d.; half-calf, £2; calf or half-russia, £2 2s.; russia, £2 108.

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 :

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An Explanatory and Pronouncing Vocabulary of the Names of Noted Fictitious Persons and Places, &c. By W. A. WHEELER, M.A. This Work includes not only persons and places noted in Fiction, whether narrative, poetical, or dramatic, but Mythological and Mythical names, names referring to the Angelology and Demonology of various races, and those found in the romance writers; Pseudonyms, Nick-names of eminent persons and parties, &c., &c. In fact, it is best described as explaining every name which is not strictly historical. A reference is given to the originator of each name, and where the origin is unknown a quotation is given to some well-known writer in which the word occurs.

A Pronouncing Vocabulary of Greek
and Latin Proper Names. By Professor
THACHER, of Yale College.

An Etymological Vocabulary of Mo-
dern Geographical Names. By the Rev.
C. H. WHEELER. Containing:-1. A List
of Prefixes, Terminations, and Formative
Syllables in various Languages, with their
meaning and derivation; II. A brief List
of Geographical Names (not explained by
the foregoing List), with their derivation
and signification, all doubtful and obscure
derivations being excluded.

Pronouncing Vocabularies of Modern
Geographical and Biographical Names.

A Pronouncing Vocabulary of Com-
mon English Christian Names, with their
derivations, signification, and diminutives
(or nick-names), and their equivalents in
several other languages.

A Dictionary of Quotations. Selected
and translated by WILLIAM G. WEBSTER,
Containing all Words, Phrases, Proverbs,
and Colloquial Expressions from the
Greek, Latin, and Modern Foreign Lan-
guages, which are frequently met with in
literature and conversation.

A New Biographical Dictionary of
upwards 9700 Names of Noted Parsons,
Ancient and Modern, including many now
living-giving the Name, Pronunciation,
Nationality, Profession, and Date of Birth
and Death.

This valuable Work may also be had separately, post 8vo., 58. A Pronouncing Vocabulary of Scripture Proper Names. By W. A. WHEELER, M.A. Including a List of the Variations that occur in the Douay version of the Bible. "The cheapest Dictionary ever published, as it is confessedly one of the beat. The tiroduction of small woodcut illustrations of technical and scientific terms adds greatly to the atility of the Dictionary."-Churchman.

A List of Abbreviations, Contrac-
tions, and Arbitrary Signs used in Writing
and Printing.

A Classified Selection of Pioterial
Illustrations (70 pages). With references
to the text.

To be obtained through all Booksellers,

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From the QUARTERLY REVIEW, Oct. 1873.

"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 as 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, 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 cf good modern authorities."

"On the whole, the Webster-Mahn Dictionary as it stands, is most respectable, and CERTAINLY THE BEST PRACTICAL ENGLISH DICTIONARY EXTANT."


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