An Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language… to which is prefixed, a dissertation on the origin of the Scottish language… the second edition, carefully revised and collated, with all the additional words in the supplement incorporated, and their most popular significations briefly given: by John Johnstone.

  • Jamieson, John
  • Edinburgh: William Tait 1840


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2 vols., 4to, pp. [vi], 10, xlvii, [i], 651, [1]; [ii], 716, [2]. 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.

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