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An Icelandic-English Dictionary Hardcover – 26 Mar 1963


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  • Hardcover: 880 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 2 edition (26 Mar 1963)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198631030
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198631033
  • Product Dimensions: 20.7 x 5 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,740,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cloister on 25 April 2006
Format: Hardcover
Anglophones wishing to read Old Norse / Old Icelandic literature have two main dictionaries to choose from, Cleasby-Vigfusson and Zoega. Cleasby-Vigfusson is by far the larger of the two and it does for Old Icelandic what LSJ does for Greek or Monier-Williams for Sanskrit. Zoega, on the other hand, is roughly comparable in scope to the "Middle Liddell" Greek dictionary. Both the Cleasby-Vigfusson and the Zoega are available on-line from the U.Penn. Germanic Lexicon Project, so you can peruse them at your leisure to see which would suit your needs better. I would have awarded five stars to C-V for its utility or perhaps only four because it's out of date (to approximately the same extent as the LSJ). But I'm only awarding three because of the book production: rather than having a proper "textured" cover like the LSJ or the OLD, the OUP have reprinted C-V with a glossy cover (and no dust-jacket), making it look like a cheap reprint.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Excellent book, terrible binding 9 Oct 2014
By SBurt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The book itself deserves a 5-star rating. Not only is this the most useful Old Norse dictionary out there (far better than Zoega), but the etymological and historical notes included for the common words makes this a dictionary that is enjoyable to simply read on its own.

Unfortunately, the quality of the binding of this book deserves only a 1-star rating. The Clarendon press used to produce beautiful, high-quality books that would last more than a scholar's lifetime. This book is perfect-bound (!!) which is absolutely horrible for such a large (and expensive) tome that is designed for the sort of long-term constant reference that scholars need. Within a month of receiving this book, the spine completely cracked. Within another 6 months the cover was falling off. This is absolutely unacceptable. If you go to a good university library and find the original printing of this book, you'll find a beautiful, high-quality printing with the pages grouped into signatures (as you would expect for an 800 page book!) and a nice cloth cover.

Unfortunately, this is the only way to get a hold of this book as it almost never shows up on the used market and the other versions out there based on photographs of the out-of-copyright first edition so bad they are mostly unusable.

If you purchase this book, take it to a bind binder and at least get the cover cut off and properly re-bound and then pray that the perfect-binding holds up better than mine...
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