5th Edition Dictionary—How To Tell?

While shopping for a Pre-Anniversary dictionary I’ve acquired a very nice, unwanted copy of the Anniversary Edition dictionary; seller posted the penultimate copyright date, 1916, and not the actual printing date, 1930.

I’m not really concerned about the $2.50 purchase, but now, short of emailing all booksellers to double-check their editions, I think I’ve found a way to distinguish the Pre-Anniversary volumes: could anyone confirm for me that the number of pages in the 1916 edition (whatever the last printing was before Anniversary) is 208—and whether this distinguishes it absolutely from Anniversary editions (which all seem to be 260 pages)?


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  1. There are two Pre-Anniversary dictionaries: the 1901 edition, outlines written by Pearl A. Power, 146 pages; and the 1916 edition, outlines by Alice Rinne Hagar, 208 pages.  The Anniversary dictionary, outlines by Winifred Kenna Richmond, has 260 pages.   Also, you can distinguish them by the cover.  See below:   1901 Dictionary        Anniversary 1930 (reprint in 1948) and Pre-Anniversary 1916 Dictionaries    

  2. My copy of the 1901 dictionary has had a little damage to the spine, so wouldn't win a beauty contest.  But I do have the 1902 "Gregg Shorthand Phrase Book" ("shorthand forms . . . by Miss Pearl A. Power") that looks like it was purchased, put in a drawer, and never touched.  Quite amazing.  Both of these little volumes have marbled endpapers. (I also have a 1903 copy of the basic text, that was printed by the firm of R.R. Donnelley and Sons in Chicago–"The Lakeside Press"–and it has beautiful decorative endpapers with a design in gold and blue.  It's the only Gregg book I know that indicates a printer as distinct from Gregg as publisher.)   Alex

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