2 vols., 4to, pp. [vi], 10, xlvii, [i], 651, ; [ii], 716, . Contemporary biscuit calf, boards bordered with a double blind rule, spines gilt in compartments, red and green morocco labels, marbled edges, housed in a red cloth slipcase with ribbon pulls. Some spotting and foxing. Rebacked preserving old spines, hinges neatly relined, spine leather mottled, some rubbing to extremities, a few marks and scratches to boards. Stamp of the Ochtertytre Estates Office to endpapers, occasional marginal marks in pencil and a few early ink notes.
Jamieson's dictionary, the standard reference work for the Scots language for more than a century, first appeared in 1808, with a two-volume Supplement following in 1825. This second edition incorporates the words from the Supplement, but to keep the whole at a manageable size includes only brief definitions for these, and also trims some of the etymological notes from the main body. The preface suggests that this way it may serve as a complete dictionary for those who do not require the fullest materials, and as a handy index to the first edition and supplements for those who do.