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American Language, The -- A Preliminary Inquiry into the Development of English in the United States

Mencken, H. L.

Published by Knopf, New York, 1919
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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An exceptionally robust copy of this landmark study of "the American language," first published in a special limited edition of 1500 copies, of which this is #902. In other words, this is the true first edition, to be followed by several later editions. In the tradition of Noah Webster, who wrote the first American dictionary, Mencken wanted to defend "Americanisms" against a steady stream of English critics, who usually regarded them as borderline barbarous perversions of the mother tongue. In Mencken's words, the focus of his study was "English, that is, as spoken by the great masses of the plain people of this fair land." (Wikipedia). This copy has been professionally and expertly restored, the original dark blue covers cleaned, text block and hinges tight, original binding threading reinforced, light discoloration on top edge removed, new headbands and end sheets added. Spine lettering (in light blue) is obscure, but still legible. Corners very slightly rubbed. This is an important and monumental work, essential to any collection on American usage, still accessible to the average reader, and still in print. Photos to serious buyers. Bookseller Inventory # 160525

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Title: American Language, The -- A Preliminary ...

Publisher: Knopf, New York

Publication Date: 1919

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: Limited Edition

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