Oxford English Dictionary Second Edition. New York: Oxford University Press, 1989. 20 volumes. Hardcover. Spine head of Volume I bumped with minor tear, tiny scrape to center of its spine, faint stain to edges of its text block, tiny tear to spine head of Volume XI. Ex-library. Stamps to top edges of text blocks, location labels to foot of front covers of most volumes, small library labels and security tags to inside rear covers. $750. * The Oxford English Dictionary is the internationally recognized authority on the evolution of the English language from 1150 to the present day. The Dictionary defines over 500,000 words, making it an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, pronunciation, and history of the English language. This new version offers unparalleled access to the world's most important reference work for the English language. Includes the Oxford English Dictionary Additions Series (Volumes 1-3), published in 1993 and 1997, the Bibliography to the Second Edition, and other ancillary material.
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