An Etymological Dictionary of the Gaelic Language.

  • MacBain, Alexander
  • Stirling: Eneas Mackay 1911


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8vo, pp. xvi, xxxvii, [vii], 412, [8, ads] + frontispiece. Original dark blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt, buff dustjacket printed in blue. Dustjacket spine panel a touch darkened, slight rubbing to upper edge and a couple of small marks, but remarkably sharp and fresh.


The second, revised edition: MacBain's 'most important work, An Etymological Dictionary of the Gaelic Language, was first published in 1896: its philological judgements have stood the test of time. The first edition was sold out within a year; the second, in preparation at his death, was published in Stirling in 1911, and reprinted in 1982' (ODNB).

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