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BARCLAY, The Rev. James

Barclay's Universal English Dictionary

James S. Virtue, City Road, and Ivy Lane, London, c.1855
Quarto (275 x 215 mm.), full modern calf, ornate blind panelled boards, spine with raised bands gilt ruled, each compartment with ornate gilt central feature, with gilt red calf title label, later endpapers. With engraved portrait of Queen Victoria on the throne with title, further engraved title with vignette of Niagara Falls and typographic title, pp. viii, 984, with 49 engraved maps and 12 plates, some light foxing as usual, otherwise a good example.
Thomas Moule (1784-1851) was a noted historian, mapseller 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 for the newly revised edition by B. B. Woodward entitled ‘Barclay’s Universal English Dictionary’ as offered here. James. S. Virtue succeeded his father George on his retirement in 1855. Beresiner (1983) pp. 160-3; not in Chubb (1927).
Stock number: 10299

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