Title: Smallest English Dictionary in the World. ...
Publisher: David Bryce & sons.
Publication Date: 1893
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: 1st Edition
384 printed pages. Printed on finest India paper. Portrait frontispiece of Dr. Johnson. Mite series. 19 x 28 mm. Original red morocco. Unusual "Pearson's Miniature Dictionary" in gilt on upper cover (usually it was Pears -soap manufacturers- that was advertised). Complete with scarce and desirable solid silver locket made by George Unite, Birmingham in 1893 (full set of English hallmarks, Lion rampant, Anchor, date letter "t" and maker's initials); built in magnifying glass (scratched) and original silver loop. Bryce offered their dictionaries in a choice of Metal cases (1s.3d.), Tartan (1s.6d.), Yapped leather (2s.0d.), Silver gilt (2s.6d.), Gilt or engraved (3s.6d.) & Silver hallmarked locket (7s.6d.) -this example was the most costly and by far the hardest to find. This is one of a number of minuscule books published by Bryce by the process of photographic reduction. They are all legible with a magnifying glass and the equivalent of 1 1/2-point. This is number 18 in Ruth Adomeit's List of 32 Basic Books for the Serious Collector. Although "thousands of these dictionaries were published, they are now becoming distinctly scarce and command steadily rising prices" [Bondy].Bondy, 106. Garbett, 25. Spielmann, 464. Welsh, 2408. Seller Inventory # 5228