The New Century Dictionary of the English Language edited by H.G. Emery 1931 P.F. Collier & Son Corporation

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Expand your linguistic horizons with the comprehensive The New Century Dictionary of the English Language, a 3-volume set meticulously edited by H.G. Emery and K.G. Brewster in 1931 and published by P.F. Collier & Son Corporation.

This hardcover collection, adorned in blue and gold without a dust jacket as issued, serves as an unparalleled resource for scholars, writers, and language enthusiasts. Volume 1 (935 pages), Volume 2 (1852 pages), and Volume 3 (2796 pages) compile an extensive selection of words, phrases, and definitions selected from the original Century Dictionary and significantly expanded upon.

The set is enhanced with 12,000 quotations and 4,000 pictorial illustrations, alongside valuable supplements covering synonyms and antonyms, proper names, foreign words and phrases, biographical names, geographical names, and essential measures including weights and the metric system.

This edition stands as a monumental work in English language lexicography, offering a wealth of information for any serious reader or collector.


  • Editors: H.G. Emery and K.G. Brewster
  • Publisher: P.F. Collier & Son Corporation
  • Year: 1931
  • Format: Hardcover, 3-Volume Set
  • Dimensions: 11x8x2 inches each
  • Page Count: Vol 1: 935, Vol 2: 1852, Vol 3: 2796
  • Condition: No dust jacket as issued; rips and tears on page corners as shown in the photos.

Four Key Features:

  1. Extensive Lexicography: Over 5,000 pages of definitions, phrases, and word origins.
  2. Rich Illustrations: Includes 4,000 pictorial illustrations to complement the text.
  3. Quotations and Supplements: This bookset features 12,000 quotations and comprehensive supplements.
  4. Decorative Design: Beautifully bound in blue and gold, it is an elegant addition to any library.

Beyond The Final Page:  

The "New Century Dictionary of the English Language" is more than a dictionary; it's a bridge to the vast expanse of the English language, reflecting the linguistic richness of the early 20th century. It's an essential tool for anyone invested in the depth and breadth of English words and their usage.


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