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Simple Sundays Presents,

There is nothing more precious than a hardcover book especially if also acts as a valuable resource. I recently adopted this Webster’s Unabridged Encyclopedic Dictionary from my deceased uncle, Ron and I will cherish it greatly.

Every page is elegant and full of information. This copyright 1957 Dictionary is quite old and something worthwhile to hold onto. Unabridged means that the book has not been condensed. It is huge, contains all its original content and is full of a wealth of knowledge – which is separated by convenient alphabetical tabs by the way.IMG_2978

People really enjoy these books as a collectible keepsake item, they fall at the top of the popular resource/reference book list along with the World Atlas. The older the better!

Noah Webster was born in 1758 and passed away in 1843.  His first dictionary of the English language came about in 1806. In this dictionary a few items that stuck (all the way to today) were prevalent throughout including adding in the letter “u” and “k” into many common words.

This vintage book is selling online for between $19-$129 US. The difference in pricing is due to overall condition of the book and honesty how much people value it. I have seen some 1800’s dictionaries sell for up to 18K.

IMG_2977Next time you are out at your local used bookstore take a look for one of these old beauties – they sure make an excellent coffee table read.

It might interest you to know that the 1828 Noah Webster Dictionary identifies the optimist in complimentary terms, but says nothing about the pessimist. The word ‘pessimist’ was not in our vocabulary at that time. It’s a modern ‘invention’ which I believe we should ‘dis-invent.’

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