At an outdoor used book sale in the plaza
in front of Shimbashi Station in Tokyo on Wednesday, I bought a
three-volume set of the second edition of Webster's New International Dictionary
for five thousand yen. Until now, I knew this dictionary mainly as the one referred to fondly by people who
objected to the innovations of the 1961 third edition.|
It is an impressive work. This second edition was published in 1934; the copy I bought was printed in 1944. I have only just begun delving into it. The front matter includes a long and comprehensive account of English pronunciation and a New Words Section, dated 1939, listing words and senses not included in the 1934 edition. They include:
ad-libThere are also four pages of photographs of the dictionary's editors; one of those pages is reproduced below.
(March 22, 2003)