1835 THESAURUS - ENGLISH SYNONYMS Writer's Assistant FINE BINDING Leather & Gilt Dentelle
An early English thesaurus titled: The Writer's and Student's Assistant; or, A Compendious Dictionary, Rendering the Most Common Words and Phrases in the English Language, into the More Elegant or Scholastic; and Affording a Choice of the Most Appropriate, from a Variety of Words of Nearly the Same Signification... No author is credited.
LONDON: Printed for Whittaker and Co., Third Edition, 1835.
FINE BINDING, full calf leather, four raised spine bands, gilt framing to front and rear boards, small blind embossed design on each corner, leather title label and gilt designs to the spine, gilt dentelle, gilt page edges. Small volume, 3.5x5.75 inches (9x14.5 cm). Pagination: vi, 198 pages.
Bookplate of GEORGE JAMES / ROYAL ARTILLERY on the front pastedown.
VERY GOOD condition: The covers have some rubbing, scrapes, scratches, but are sturdy and quite lovely; the gilt page edges are soiled but still show their gilt nicely; internally, the pastedowns are darkened at their edges from the binder's glue, the first and last few pages have light edge toning, otherwise the inner pages are tight, bright, clean, clear and unmarked. A solid, attractive, very presentable copy.
Most synonym dictionaries of the day had an alphabetical index of words which then could be looked up for a full definition and some alternate choices. This little volume is a true thesaurus, simply an alphabetical listing of words with their synonyms.