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1 Adkins, Jan SYMBOLS: A Silent Language
New York: Walker and Company, (1978). 0802763316 / 9780802763310 First edition. Hardcover. Fine in tan cloth with black titles to the spine; in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with a hint of age-toning. 
31 pages. Designed and illustrated by Adkins, this book examines the use of symbols in various cultures, ranging from musical notations to weather maps and card games, arguing even that hats are symbols, marking one's nationality or profession. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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2 Alcalay, R. THE MASSADA STUDENT DICTIONARY: English-Hebrew
(Israel): Masada, (1978). 0899610064 / 9780899610061 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Upper spine slightly bumped, sturdy and very good plus; in a very good, lightly rubbed and shelfworn dust jacket with tears and accompanying creases, and with a half-inch hole to the front panel. 
Comprehensive dictionary with words, definitions, and examples of usage listed first in English and then in Hebrew. 725 pages. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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3 Barr, Catherine THE RUNAWAY CHIMPS
New York: Henry Z. Walck, Incorporated, (1964). First edition thus: First Initial Teaching Alphabet Edition. Hardcover. Fine, as-new, in full watermelon cloth with black stamping; in a nearly fine, illustrated dust jacket. Small quarto. 
ITA edition of Barr's popular picturebook tale of four chimpanzees who run away from the zoo. The ITA is a phonemic teaching tool devised by James Pitman, and uses 44 symbols instead of 26 letters, each of which represents a sound. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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4 Bartlett, John; Justin Kaplan, general editor FAMILIAR QUOTATIONS: A Collection of Passages, Phrases, and Proverbs Traced to Their Sources in Ancient and Modern Literature
Boston/Toronto/London: Little, Brown and Company, (1992). 0316082775 / 9780316082778 Sixteenth edition, first printing: Review copy with publisher's materials laid in. Fine in blue linen with gilt titles to the front cover and to the spine; in a near fine dust jacket with a tiny nick to the upper corner of the front flap fold. Quarto. 
Completely revised and updated by noted Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Justin Kaplan, this edition contains more than 20,000 quotations, representing 2,550 authors, 340 of whom are new to this edition. 1405 pages; author index; and general index. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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5 Branham, Robert James DEBATE AND CRITICAL ANALYSIS: The Harmony of Conflict
Hillsdale, New Jersey Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Publishers, 1991. 0805807241 / 9780805807240 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in laminated boards; no dust jacket, as issued. 
244 pages; references, subject index, and author index. Discusses the essential characteristics of great oratory. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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6 Brown, Ivor RANDOM WORDS
London/Sydney/Toronto: The Bodley Head, (1971). 0370013549 / 9780370013541 First edition. Hardcover. Fine, in cheerfully decorated boards; in a neatly price-clipped matching dust jacket; a sticker from the distributor ''Transatlantic Arts'' has been affixed to the lower front panel. A beautiful, as-new copy! 
One of Brown's series of irresistible "Word Books"--produced as small, slender octavo volumes; this entry offers up tributes to the magic and mystery of individual words ranging from "Abhominable" to "Wood-wandering." A delight. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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7 Brown, Ivor WORDS IN SEASON
Soho Square, London: Rupert Hart-Davis, 1961. First edition. Hardcover. Tiny smudge to one page, one corner tip very lightly bumped, else this would be a fine copy in decorated boards; in a matching dust jacket that has been neatly price-clipped by the publisher and a new price rubber-stamped to the lower front flap. 
Amateur (in the truest sense) word fancier Brown turns his easy-going scholarship and appealing prose style to the investigation of words associated with the seasons, following the year as it ripens in blossom and fruit, sports and recreations. 
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8 Brown, Ivor WORDS ON THE LEVEL
London/Sydney/Toronto: The Bodley Head, (1973). 037010241X / 9780370102412 First edition. Small octavo. Hardcover. Fine, in gaily striped decorated boards; in neatly price-clipped matching dust jacket; a sticker from the distributor ''Transatlantic Arts'' has been affixed to the lower front panel. A pristine copy. 
In this entry in his incomparable series, Brown makes a lively and entertaining plea for the rescue and enrichment of an English language he views as increasingly flattened and impoverished. This volume begins with "Ambragious" and ends with "Weadle." 
Price: 35.00 USD
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9 Calder, George; edited by AURAICEPT NA N-ECES: The Scholar's Primer; being the texts of the ogham tract from the Book of Ballymote and the Yellow Book of Lecan, and the text of the Trefhocul from the Book of Leinster
Edinburgh: John Grant, 1917. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Minor wear to the corner tips, nick to the lower shelf edges, else very good in gilt-stamped original green cloth, top edge gilt; no dust jacket. Tall octavo. 374 pages; indexes. Manuscript plates with fold-out supplemental leaf. 
Auraicept na n-Éces ("the scholars' primer") is claimed as a 7th century work of Irish grammarians. This edition contains eight manuscripts; with introduction, translation of the Ballymote text, notes, and indexes by Calder. Scarce! 
Price: 350.00 USD
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10 Claiborne, Robert LOOSE CANNONS AND RED HERRINGS: A Book of Lost Metaphors
New York/London: W.W. Norton & Company, (1988). 0393025780 / 9780393025781 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Faint smudges to upper page edges--virtually invisible, else fine, in gilt-lettered blue cloth shelfback over gray patterned boards; in an age-toned, else fine dust jacket. 254 pages. 
"Mr. Claiborne reminds us that we regularly converse in poetry--for metaphor is the very stuff of poetry, and we use it unthinkingly all day long...as surprising and endearing a collection of metaphors as you are likely to come across."--Willard Espy. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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11 Cohen, Randy EASY ANSWERS TO HARD QUESTIONS
New York: Fawcett Columbine, (1979). 0449900118 / 9780449900116 First edition: Trade Paperback Original. Trade Paperback. Fine in wraps. Square 8vo. Illustrated. 
High-spirited, deadpan, sometimes informative, and oftimes facetious responses to a boatload of cliché expressions, such as 'how dull is dishwater?'; 'how sly is a fox?'; 'how much is a king's ransom?'; 'how fast is a bat out of hell?' and etc. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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12 Copperud, Roy H. AMERICAN USAGE: THE CONSENSUS
New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, (1970). First edition. Hardcover. Very pale, very small area of offsetting to front endsheets, else this is a perfect, as-new copy in dark-red binding with silver spine lettering; in mildly age-toned, very lightly edgeworn photo-pictorial dust jacket. 
Copperud consults the usage pantheon and compares seven authorities (himself included) on a host of disputed points. The work of Bernstein, Bryant, the Evanses, Flesch, Follett, Fowler/Gowers is cited. Very useful, as well as compellingly readable. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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13 Dougherty, Ching-yi; Lamb, Sydney M.; and Martin, Samuel E. CHINESE CHARACTER INDEXES: Volume 1;2;3;4 & 5
Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1963. 0520003462 / 9780520003460 First edition, first printing: Five-volume set. Hardcover. Fine and clean in red linen with gilt titles and rules to the spine; in fine dust jackets with cut-out circular peepholes to reveal the the gilt titles and volume numbers on the spine. 
This set of indexes has assembled all the Chinese characters in modern use, made them ready for conversion to code symbols and for code symbols to Chinese characters, established the standard pronunciations; and clarified relationships between characters. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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14 Durie, Mark; Ross, Malcolm, editors THE COMPARATIVE METHOD REVIEWED: Regularity and Irregularity in Language Change
New York/Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996. 0195066073 / 9780195066074 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 
Draws together studies by scholars engaged in historical reconstruction of languages, all focusing on the subject of regularity and irregularity in the comparative method. A wide range of languages is represented. Language index, subject index. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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15 Feagles, Elizabeth TALK LIKE A COWBOY: A Dictionary of Real Western Lingo for Young Cowboys and Cowgirls
San Antonio, Texas: The Naylor Company, (1955). First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in ochre cloth with black lettering to front cover and spine; in a price-clipped illustrated dust jacket that is bright and vivid, but shows a whisper of wear to the extremities. A lovely copy! 
Dictionary of Western slang and idiom aimed at the young reader, and woven into a narrative that tells the story of a cowboy's day. Illustrated throughout in full and half-page two-tone drawings. Index. Scarce little item! 
Price: 50.00 USD
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16 Forrester, James W. WHY YOU SHOULD: The Pragmatics of Deontic Speech
Hanover and London: University Press of New England, (1988). 0874514533 / 9780874514537 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in black cloth with silver lettering to the spine; in a bright dust jacket. 246 pages and an index. 
A pioneering study of the relationship between deontic speech (the language of obligation and permission utilized in law, religion, etiquette, and various other fields) and pragmatics (how something is said contributes to the effect of what is said.) 
Price: 15.00 USD
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17 Goldstein, Milton DICTIONARY OF MODERN ACRONYMS & ABBREVIATIONS
Indianapolis/New York: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Inc., (1963). First edition. Hardcover. Fine in textured cream cloth with gilt titles to the spine; in a near fine lightly rubbed dust jacket with a few tiny edge tears. 
A single source guide for coined words, meanings of acronyms, and abbreviations used for government agencies, military services, computers, mechanical electronics and other specialized fields. Over 10,000 separate listings. 158 pages. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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18 Hagerman, Paul Stirling IT'S AN ODD WORLD
New York: Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., (1977). 0806901136 / 9780806901138 First edition. Hardcover. Vroman's small book ticket to the front endpaper, else fine in color illustrated boards; in a fine dust jacket with color illustrations that echo the covers. 
Hagerman, an unrelenting humorist, has gathered a hearty selection of zany, little-known facts and widely-accepted misconceptions into this collection of fun truths. Accompanied by chuckle-provoking illustrations by Arthur Friedman. 96 pages; index. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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19 Heath, Jeffrey ABLAUT AND AMBIGUITY: Phonology of a Moroccan Arabic Dialect
(Albany, New York): State University of New York Press, (1987). 0887065112 / 9780887065118 First edition. Hardcover. Fine in laminated boards; issued without dust jacket. Still in publisher's shrinkwrap. 
This comprehensive study describes the exacting details in the phonology of one variety of Moroccan colloquial Arabic. 366 pages; references; indexes. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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20 Hughes, Shirley, chosen and illustrated by OVER THE MOON: A Book of Sayings
London/Boston: Faber and Faber, (1980). 0571115942 / 9780571115945 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine, as-new, in maroon boards with silver spine titles; in a lightly age-toned, otherwise fine, illustrated dust jacket. 
In this companion volume to MAKE HAY WHILE THE SUN SHINES, Hughes collects common expressions, ("As thick as thieves") defines them, and illustrates them in line drawings that combine a delicacy of touch with an engaging sense of the absurd. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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