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on 8 October 2000
This Anglo-Saxon Dictionary is indispensable when reading texts written in Old English. After struggling with various word-lists and glossaries, as an amateur reader I have come to the conclusion that this is the definitive Anglo-Saxon "word-hoard" (over 400 pages).
Most of the words are referenced to their original sources - which is useful when determining whether or not words and compound phrases were unique to poem like Beowulf or were common throughout other texts - including poems, prose and charters. Words specific to certain regional dialects are also noted (i.e. "Anglian", "West Saxon", "Early Kentish" etc.).
The translation is one-way - Anglo-Saxon to Modern English and much effort has gone into the inclusion of multiple spellings of the same words. Some knowledge of grammar may be required to gain the full potential from this dictionary. The text is identical to the 1960 edition (4th ed.), but appears surprisingly modern when you take into account that the first edition was published in 1894.
This book is a perfect supplement for casual readers of Old English and scholars alike. It might also a must for etymologists who like to have the last word(!)
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on 14 September 2011
These paperbacks are said to be printed to order. They are sourced from bad photocopies. This book needs to be typed and printed properly. Even printing them larger wouldn't work as some areas are pale and others show only parts of letters, particularly in the definitions. The Anglo-Saxon words are printed so boldly that the tiny white-space areas in the tiny letters are muddied-over by the spreading toner in the grain of the paper, some letters are muddied together into a smear, even in the pronunciation tables near the front of the book. The lines dividing sections are incomplete. There are 3 columns per page. I can't find any instance of the letter/rûne þ (Thorn)which is represented by muddy versions of the letter eth (Ð, ð). I like þ much better.

152 mm wide
228 mm tall
24 mm thick

It is an abuse of technology to reduce print to such miniscule size that it can't be printed properly, let alone interpreted with a magnifying glass. It is not "green" to produce shoddy goods that are not fit for purpose or human use. They wasted the recycled paper they used to make this book. Dictionaries should be well-made, like kitchen knives, to last a long time, to have sharp print, to be durable, to be free from defects. We are supposed to be advancing as a species. Distance-selling shoddy goods should be an international crime against humanity.

This book was hiding amongst the format/buying options for a (hopefully better) republication of the same old book: Medieval Academy reprints for teaching (MART: The Medieval Academy Reprints for Teaching) [Paperback] and has somehow stolen the 3 other reviews from this (hopefully better) book to praise itself! Look closely in the review headers!
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on 19 December 2012
This compilation is an excellent resource let down by the indifferent quality of reproduction. What a pity the publisher did not typeset the copy but relied instead upon a photocopy of an earlier print. It does not make the text unreadable, but if you are unfamiliar with the words then it is sometimes possible to misread them, which is an unnecessary complication for any student. If it was the case that the book had to be produced in this manner or go out of print, then it is a reasonable solution (I note that it is available on a free download which may explain matters). In using the dictionary I feel afronted on behalf of the author - an unusual feeling with a text book - as it seems to discount the enormous amount of work put in by Mr Clark-Hall.

I would still recommend it, but with that one reservation.
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on 2 February 2013
It is a simple reprint of an old book (very old judging by the font) the printing is atrocious sometimes the print merges into ink blobs and sometimes the page is nearly blank, it is almost as if they have tried to use an office photo copier. Do not buy it!
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A wonderful source for Anglo-Saxon words and their meanings, which is very reasonably priced. Intended as a teaching aid, I have found it very helpful to the writer of period history and fiction.
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on 9 January 2014
The typeface is very poor and I struggle to read it. Looks life someone had a bad day at the photocopier. The font is very small which doesn't help either. One to avoid.
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on 6 August 2013
the poor quality of print makes it unusable for serious study.
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on 23 November 2011
not quite what i expected as there is not usual formula of english to Anglo Saxon and vice versa, only Anglo Saxon to English. the printing seems weird too, as I suspect they have a limited print run.
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on 24 March 2014
This has been so helpful for writing various essays on Anglo-Saxon literature. Comprehensive and easy enough to navigate after you get used to there being a couple of extra letters in the alphabet!
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on 11 May 2014
No problems with the quality of the text in the copy i received- A Concise Anglo -Saxon Dictionary-J R Clark Hall. Pleased with my purchase-bought for uni studies, portable and easily understood.
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