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  • Hardcover: 1072 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; classic edition edition (18 Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199696128
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199696123
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 5.8 x 13.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 782,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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a marvel of condensation, achieved by skilful hands (Modern Language Notes, for the original 1911 edition)

the best small dictionary extant (Scotsman, for the original 1911 edition)

literally without a rival (TLS, for the original 1911 edition)

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An interesting work, a bit spoiled by a poor quality modern introduction by David Crystal (who spends a lot of time riding his hobby horses).
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5 of 23 people found the following review helpful By weddy on 19 Aug. 2011
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Look at that cover, described as 'art deco'. Who writes this stuff??!! I guess you can't look up 'art deco' in this 1911 dictionary as it's a 1920s and 1930s decorative art style. Nouveau - think flowers; deco - think ocean liner.
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The Sovereign's English from A to Zed 13 Nov. 2012
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These are my first impressions, as the dictionary arrived in today's mail. The book itself is printed on heavy paper which I didn't think publishers used any more. The guide words are in boldface capitals, and the 38,000 headwords (no, I have not counted them) are in boldface lower case, obviously with proper nouns capitalized. Because this is a reprint of a book first published 101 years ago, the text seems to be squeezed together on the pages. The print is large enough, though, for me to read it without the aid of a magnifying glass.

Why buy a hundred-year-old dictionary? One, it was edited by the famous Fowler brothers. Henry Fowler compiled "Modern English Usage," which has been edited three times since his death because of the cachet his name still enjoys among purists of English style. Two, it gives a linguistic snapshot of the English language just before the upheavals of the 20th century radically changed the language and the people who spoke it. Three, you will have a better way to understand classic English literature. I sometimes think that modern misinterpretations of Regency and Victorian literature owe as much to the changes in language as to the ideologies espoused by critics and English professors.

The brief answer to the question is that you will love this book if you love English language and literature.
Classic first edition 7 May 2014
By H. Steele - Published on Amazon.com
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The item itself would benefit enormously if it were printed on better quality paper. Other than that quibble the book is up to the required standard of today's publications.
Handsome Reprint of a Dictionary Classic 28 Jan. 2014
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Early editions of the Concise Oxford are hard to find and expensive when offered in good condition. This reprint of the first edition, originally published in 1911, will be appreciated by dictionary collectors, word mavens (a phrase not in the first edition) and students of early 20th century English literature. Physically, this is an attractive looking volume. However, the thick paper pages in the reprint makes the dictionary somewhat difficult to use: you need both hand to keep the dictionary open. I have copies of the original first and second editions the latter published in 1929. Both have somewhat smaller dimension and both are printed on thin paper. When opened the dictionaries lie flat, a great convenience Nevertheless, this is a worthy reprint. Buy a copy before it goes out of print.
I like dictionaries. 31 Dec. 2013
By Elizabeth - Published on Amazon.com
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My son (32) recommended this dictionary. He believes it has very accurate definitions. I have a couple complaints though. The print is very small - and the binding is so tight it's difficult to keep open. So sadly I'm not using it. I will probably give it to my son to give someone else.
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Not the Original One-Volume OED 14 Oct. 2013
By Globe Adventurer - Published on Amazon.com
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This is not what I expected and I am returning it for credit. I really wanted the one-volume edition of the OED that came out in the '60s.
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