The Compact Oxford English Dictionary
in slipcase with reading glass
This one volume book has the entire contents of the twenty volume Oxford English. This is done by printing 9 pages on every page. The pages can only be read with a magnifying glass. The magnifying glass that comes with this volume is excellent and rests right on the page and makes the type readable but it is not for someone whose vision has deteriorated. If you vision is impaired we recommend you try a lighted high powered magnifying glass. You will have to read type that is 1/3 the normal size.
Width open 22 3/4 inches
Height is 14 1/4
Depth closes is 10 1/4 inches
Width closed is 2 3/4 inches
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From the Publisher:
- The full text of the Second Edition---Over 500,000 definitions, 137,000 pronunciations, 249,300 etymologies and 2.4 million illustrative quotations
- A custom-manufactured hemispheric magnifier which rests flat on the page
- An 80-page User’s Guide to the Oxford English Dictionary
- A sturdy slipcase to protect the book when not in use
Edited by E. S. C. WEINER and J. A. SIMPSON
Capture the complete twenty-volume OED II in just one volume
When the twenty-volume Oxford English Dictionary, Second Edition, the public response was extraordinary. The AP and UPI announced publication over their newswires. Time and Newsweek ran full-page articles. The New Yorker published an extensive essay. Virtually every major paper in American and in Great Britain covered the event. And from every corner, the praise was lavish. Time called it "a scholarly Everest." Newsweek, "a celebration of language." And Herbert Mitgang, in The New York Times, called the new OED "the last word on words" and "the arbiter of the English language as it is read and spoken all over the world."
Now comes the Compact Edition of OED II, which captures all the wealth of scholarship found in the original edition in just one volume. The Compact is not an abridgement, but a direct photoreduction of the entire 20-volume set, with nine pages of the original on every nine-by-twelve page of the Compact (a magnifying glass comes with it). As in the Second Edition, the Compact combines in one alphabetical sequence the sixteen volumes of the first OED and the four Supplements--plus an extra five thousand new words to bring this monumental dictionary completely up to date. And it is monumental, with definitions of 500,000 words, 290,000 main entries, 137,000 pronunciations, 249,300 etymologies, 577,000 cross-references, and over 2,412,000 illustrative quotations. But as large as it is, perhaps its most important feature is its historical focus. The OED records not only words and meanings currently in use but also those that have long been considered obsolete. Moreover, under each definition of a word is a chronologically arranged group of quotations that illustrate the word's usage down through the years, beginning with its earliest known appearance. The result is a dictionary that offers unique insight into the way our language has, over the centuries, grown, changed, and been put to use.
More than 100 years in the making, The Oxford English Dictionary is now universally acknowledged as the world's greatest dictionary--the supreme arbiter on the usage and meaning of English words, a fascinating guide to the history and evolution of the language, and one of the greatest works of scholarship ever produced. The Washington Post has written that "no one who reads or writes seriously can be without the OED." Now with the Compact, the world's greatest dictionary is within the reach of anyone who wants one.
About the Editors:
- Features a custom-manufactured, hemispheric magnifying glass
- Comes in a sturdy slipcase to protect the book
- Includes an 80-page user's guide
J.A. Simpson worked on the Supplement to the Oxford English Dictionary and prepared the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs.
E.S.C. Weiner also served on the editorial staff of the Supplement and compiled the Oxford Guide to English Usage.
2416 pp.; 0-19-861258-3
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