New York: E.P. Dutton and Company, 1936. 1st Edition. Hard Cover. 12mo. Near Fine / Good. Item #006968
Original grey cloth. viii, 233 pp. Light rubbing to extremities, some discolouration to gilt publisher's name at foot of spine, light bumps to spine ends. Light foxing to top edge of text block. Offsetting to endpapers. Dust jacket is price clipped, slightly chipped to extremities and has a larger chip to foot of rear cover, age toned, a few damp stains, short tear to foot of front joint. This copy has half of a second dust jacket from the UK edition published by John Murray (rear cover and approx. half of the spine, lacking title but author last name intact). All lovers of wordlore will find much to delight them in the varied chapters of Professor Weekley's book. It is an informal collection of such diverse matters as "The Future of English," "Word-study for the Young," "Walter Scott and the English Language," etc. Famous for a long list of volumes on etymology, the author combines vast learning with refreshing wit and an interest in the day-to-day changes of our speech.