n Lexikos - A History of the Chambers Dictionary, Mariusz Kamiński : book review




As there have been few attempts at a systematic study of the history of popular general dictionaries, this book on the , whose tradition goes back to the nineteenth century is especially worthy of cognisance. This study by Kamiński traces the development of the through its successive editions: the three editions which appeared during the last thirty years of the nineteenth century, the first dating from 1867, the nine editions which were published during the twentieth century, the first in 1901, and the second about fifty years later in 1952, and the four editions originating from the first eleven years of the twenty-first century. This comparative approach gives scholars and students insights into the procedures followed by the compilers, the aims they wished to achieve and the problems they encountered during the consecutive revisions of the dictionary.


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