Item details: Barclays Universal English Dictionary
BARCLAY, The Rev. James
Barclays Universal English Dictionary
Imprint: London, George Virtue, c.1842 Binding:
Quarto (285 x 230 mm.), contemporary half calf, cloth boards, blind ruled, gilt raised bands, blind ruled, with gilt title, light wear. With 50 engraved maps and 11 plates. Some water staining to first three leaves, some fox marks, the maps with unusually decent margins.
First issue of the ‘Enlarged, improved and adapted’ B. B. Woodward edition with plans of both Oxford and Cambridge. Thomas Moule (1784-1851) was a noted historian, map seller and publisher. His finest work is the ‘English Counties Delineated’ first published in 1837 following its issue in parts from May 1830 to the spring of 1836. The maps are considered the most attractive of all the later English county atlases. They are all highly decorative and bear a series of vignettes. The publisher was George Virtue & Co. who used the same beautiful plates in his publication of the Rev. James Barclay’s ‘Complete and Universal English Dictionary’ c.1842. A new title page was engraved soon after entitled Barclay’s ‘Universal English Dictionary’ as offered here. The early issues were ‘Newly Revised by Henry W. Dewhurst, Esq: F.E.S.L.’ Soon after they were revised by B. B. Woodward as here. Provenance: Thomas Powell of Birmingham dated June 8th 1878. Beresiner (1983) pp. 160-3; Not in Chubb.