This is a limited time offer. I will be putting this set on eBay at $300 sometime in the future --until that time, I'd rather save myself the listing time, etc. --plus, I'd rather sell it local then have to wrap and ship this extremely heavy set.
I have a complete 12 vol. set of The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language including Vol. XI - Cyclopedia of Names and Vol. XII - The Century Atlas. You'll save both on this discounted price of $250 (the atlas alone often sells for $100 to $140) --and if you subtract $85 for the Altas, that comes to $15 per volumes for the remaining eleven volumes. I'm willing to deliver it within the Detroit area for free, so you'll have a chance to examine them and you'll also save on shipping costs --which would be nearly $100 at 7 pounds or more per volume.
"The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia was one of the largest encyclopedic dictionaries of the English language. The first edition was published from 1889 to 1891 by The Century Company of New York, in six, eight, or ten volume versions (originally issued in 24 fascicles) in 7,046 pages with some 10,000 wood-engraved illustrations. It was edited by Sanskrit scholar and linguist William Dwight Whitney, with Benjamin Eli Smith's assistance. It was a great expansion of the smaller Imperial Dictionary of the English Language, which in turn had been based on the 1841 edition of Noah Webster's American Dictionary."
"After Whitney's death in 1894, supplementary volumes were published under Smith's supervision, including The Century Cyclopedia of Names (1894) and The Century Atlas (1897). A two-volume Supplement of new vocabulary, published in 1909, completed the dictionary. A reformatted edition, The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia, was published in 1911 in twelve quarto volumes: ten of vocabulary, plus the volume of names and the atlas. This set went through several printings, the last in 1914..."
"...The Century Dictionary was admired for the quality of its entries, the craftsmanship in its design, typography, and binding, and its excellent illustrations. It has been used as an information source for the makers of many later dictionaries, including editors of the Oxford English Dictionary, who cited it over 2,000 times in the first edition. In 1913, Stewart Archer Steger from the University of Virginia published his Ph.D. dissertation "American Dictionaries" and devoted a 14-page Chapter VI to Century Dictionary. He concluded the chapter with these words: "Altogether, The Century Dictionary far surpasses anything in American lexicography." --per the Wikipedia.
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