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Worth a Thousand Words

More than just a dictionary, this book is a safari through the worlds of language, history and art. Open it up and explore 1,500 beautiful engravings that graced the pages of Webster's Dictionary in the 19th century. Look up a word for a clear visual depiction of its meaning, or just wander through the detailed images. There's something fascinating to discover on every page.

The engravings are arranged alphabetically, a system of organization long shunned by lexicographers because alphabetical order grants no intrinsic meaning to any given grouping of words, but it is perfect for a book that creates its own immersive experience in imagery of a time gone by.

Created by John M. Carrera, a printer, bookbinder and artist. Hardcover. Made in China.

Click here to see sample pages one, two, and three.

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Item ID
18840
Made from
100% recycled paper label stock
Measurements
7.25" L x 5.75" W; 512 pages

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PICTORIAL WEBSTER'S
 
4.3

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (8)

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    (4)

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    (1)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Informative (8)
  • Deserves multiple readings (7)
  • Easy to understand (7)
  • Relevant (6)
  • Well written (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Gift (10)
  • Reference (5)
  • Younger readers (4)
  • Older readers (3)
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    • Everyday reader (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (8)

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4.0

Fun for dictionary lovers!

By 

from NC

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Comments about PICTORIAL WEBSTER'S:

I bought this as a gift for my dictionary loving mom. She got a kick out of it. The vintage look is cool too!

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5.0

Prefect Gift

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from Milwaukee

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      • Gift

      Comments about PICTORIAL WEBSTER'S:

      I gave this as a gift to a friend that is an artist, she loved it

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      5.0

      For the person who has everything...

      By 

      from Sierra Vista, AZ

      About Me Everyday Reader

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      Pros

      • Detailed
      • Informative
      • Unique

      Cons

      • Not What I Expected

      Best Uses

      • Gift
      • Reference

      Comments about PICTORIAL WEBSTER'S:

      This gift was for my father-in-law who is a little bit of a nerd. Sometimes he just sits and reads the dictionary so he can tell you new words. He absolutely loves this. I was surprised because I thought it was a dictionary with pictures but it's just the pictures from the original Webster's. Still, it will be a great reference for his studies of the dictionary.

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      1.0

      had to return

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      from omaha,m ne

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        • Not What I Expected

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          Comments about PICTORIAL WEBSTER'S:

          This was not what I expected and I had to return the item. It was made well, but the content was NOT what I was looking for. I'm not even sure what items the book covered other than bugs, but it was a disappointment. I think there are no images of the inside of the book for a reason.

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          5.0

          Cool

          By 

          from KS

          About Me Everyday Reader

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          Pros

          • Deserves Multiple Readings
          • Easy To Understand
          • Informative
          • Relevant
          • Well Written

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Gift
            • Reference
            • Travel Reading
            • Younger Readers

            Comments about PICTORIAL WEBSTER'S:

            Unique!

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            5.0

            Your lexicon meets gothic art

            By 

            from Portland, OR

            About Me Everyday Reader

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            Pros

            • Deserves Multiple Readings
            • Easy To Understand
            • Informative
            • Relevant
            • Well Written

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Gift

              Comments about PICTORIAL WEBSTER'S:

              it's that rare item that actually belongs on your coffee table. it's intriguing and informative. beautiful exterior and marvelous interior. love this purchase.

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              5.0

              Amazing book

              By 

              from Brooklyn, NY

              About Me Bookworm

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                  • Gift

                  Comments about PICTORIAL WEBSTER'S:

                  This is such a cool book! Makes a great gift and coffee table book. I have bought two as gifts

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

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                  4.0

                  Pictorial Webster's is great gift!

                  By 

                  from North Carolina

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                  Pros

                  • Deserves Multiple Readings
                  • Easy To Understand
                  • Fun
                  • Informative
                  • Relevant
                  • Well Written

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Gift
                    • Younger Readers

                    Comments about PICTORIAL WEBSTER'S:

                    I got this as a gift for my English Teacher mother, and she is very happy with it! She uses it as a fun resource to bridge English and history with her students.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes

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                    5.0

                    Unique and interesting

                    By 

                    from new jersey

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                    Pros

                    • Deserves Multiple Readings
                    • Easy To Understand
                    • Informative
                    • Relevant
                    • Well Written

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Gift
                      • Older Readers
                      • Reference

                      Comments about PICTORIAL WEBSTER'S:

                      Bought this as a father's day gift for my father who has everything! It was a beautiful and unique book that he is enjoying. Well worth the price!

                      Service and delivery comments:

                      Got it the next day. Amazing delivery and customer service!

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes

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                      3.0

                      Neat

                      By 

                      from Dallas, TX

                      About Me Casual Reader

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Deserves Multiple Readings
                      • Easy To Understand
                      • Informative
                      • Relevant
                      • Unique

                      Cons

                      • Too expensive

                      Best Uses

                      • Gift
                      • Older Readers
                      • Reference
                      • Younger Readers

                      Comments about PICTORIAL WEBSTER'S:

                      This book is very nice and interesting, but a little expensive for what it is. I think somewhere around $16 or $18 would be a great value.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes

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