New York: Century Co. 1901. Hardcover. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. Good. Item #010174
10 VOLUMES COMPLETE SET including Atlas with 118 maps, 3/4 leather and dark green cloth, special cloth reinforced hinges for heavy volumes, marbled edges, marbled end papers, clean tight, exceptions: vol. I lower board detached & pg. 867 laid-in with half of pg. missing., vol. IX upper board loose, vol. V lower board loose; all vols. have some cover wear to the leather. Over-all a good set. Additional shipping for 80 pounds required. Volumes will be shipped in three cartons. They may also be picked-up. 7,046 pages with some 10,000 wood-engraved illustrations. It was edited by Sanskrit scholar and linguist William Dwight Whitney, with Benjamin Eli Smith's assistance. The Century Dictionary was admired for the quality of its entries, the craftsmanship in its design, typography, and binding, and its excellent illustrations. It has been used as an information source for the makers of many later dictionaries, including editors of the Oxford English Dictionary, who cited it over 2,000 times in the first edition. In 1913, Stewart Archer Steger from the University of Virginia published his Ph.D. dissertation "American Dictionaries" and devoted a 14-page Chapter VI to Century Dictionary. He concluded the chapter with these words: "Altogether, The Century Dictionary far surpasses anything in American lexicography"