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Very nice 1891 first Edition Black's Law Dictionary in it's original state. Not rebound and NOT a reprint. If you'd like more, or higher resolution photos, contact me and I will send them to you.

The exterior shows light signs of wear around the edges, but far from what is typical for a book such as a dictionary. You can actually still see the dimpling on the top and bottom of the covers( ie the raised ridges and indentations kind of like the rippling found on the edge of a dime). There is only light wear to the faces of the covers. The leather is smooth and supple, with a nice even patina from being handled and aged over the last 12 decades. The only points to note on the exterior are a small bit of leather flaking at the very top edge of the spine and all four corners being very lightly bumped and somewhat rubbed from shelf pull. The tips of all four corners show just the slightest bit of board where the leather has rubbed through at the corner point. At most, this size is roughly twice the thickness of a pencil point. The rear board shows a very minor bend to it. You pretty much have to look for it to notice it, but I am picking this book apart to try and note every detail, good and bad that I see because this is a copy that comes few and far between and I want to be rather exacting in my description of it.

The front and rear blank end pages have a "framed" effect on the very outer edges from oxidation. No text is affected, they are blank pages. The inner front board is signed Henry R Kreger Univ of Neb, otherwise the interior is clean. The paper overlay they add between the cover and the actual binding mesh on the front cover is cracked at points; the paper only, NOT the binding itself. The spine is tight and solid, far better than any copy I've ever had. There is extremely light play at the very top of the front cover such that if you would intentionally pull the top of the cover outwards, you MIGHT be able to slip a playing card between the spine and the binding. The rear binding also has a split in the paper overlay. The bottom 2 inches of the binding is lightly separated, with a tiny bit of play to the lower board. Regardless of the semantics, the bindings are rock solid in the front and very solid in the back. I can send additional detailed photos of what I mean, as well as additional pics of all areas. Feel free to ask for more, and/or larger size photos of any area of interest.

The blank front end page, the title page, preface page and the Table of British Regnal Years have a crease to them where the entire page was folded at some point. I have folded and smoothed these areas flat as they should be. The bottom of the pages have a small tear roughly 1/8 of an inch in length.

Page 23, in the definition of "Actio Confessoria", there are several words that were not clearly printed, but the words can be made out so no context or definition is lost.

Pages 75-86 The lower one inch corner of the page is dog eared and there is a very tiny brown spot/foxing to several of those pages.

Page 311 There is a discoloration of the page maybe 1 inch by 1/4 inch in width. Not foxing, but a pale yellow brown spot that runs into two definitions. Its clear and see through, no text is lost to understanding.

Pages 965 to 1015 The upper right corner of these pages were very lightly bent such that you barely see any markings from it. They're not actually creased as the line is barely visible, more as if the pages were somewhat bent over but not fully folded, thus no real crease line.

Page 1000 has a light water stain in the upper margin the size of a pencil eraser.

Page 1111 to 1120 The upper right corner is creased, maybe 1 1/4 inch in length.

1201 has a light grayish dirt smudge across two definitions. Everything is fully readable and no information is obscured.

1235 to 1244 The upper right edge of the paper is lightly indented/chipped from being pressed in upon. Roughly 1/32 inch wide by 1/4 inch at longest, diminishing as it goes.







I flipped through every page of this book and noted anything I thought you should be made aware of. Obviously, most of these points are being very miniscule and few dealers bother to note such things. I do because you don't have the chance to see it in person, so I want you to know exactly what you are getting, in detail, before you bid. The thumb tabs are crisp and sharp, with no worn or torn edges and the pages are crisp, clean and supple. This is an exceptionally solid copy.





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