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Publication date not indicated. Two-inch tear in the leather binding at the joint of the spine and front cover at the top, otherwise about fine. Beautifully bound in red leather with single-ruled gilt borders around the outer edges, dentelle borders around the inner edges. Five raised bands on the spine with gilt embellishment or lettering within each compartment. Marbled end papers. All edges gilt. Tissue guard at the title page. 957 pages, illustrated, with the following sections at the back of the book: Proverbial Expressions, List of Illustrative Passages, and Dictionary and Index.