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This is an auction for THE DEVIL'S DICTIONARY by Ambrose Bierce (1842- 1914).

From Wikipedia:

"The Devil's Dictionary is a satirical dictionary written by American journalist and author Ambrose Bierce. Originally published in 1906, it features Bierce's witty and often ironic spin on many common English words. The Devil's Dictionary began as a serialized column during Bierce's time as a columnist for the San Francisco News Letter, a small weekly financial magazine founded in the late 1850s. Although a serious magazine aimed at businessmen, the News Letter contained a page of informal satirical content titled "The Town Crier". Bierce, hired as the Crier's editor in December 1868, wrote satire with such irreverence and lack of inhibition he was nicknamed "the laughing devil of San Francisco". Returning to San Francisco in 1875, he made two submissions to the News Letter in hopes of regaining his old position. Both were written under aliases. Short of material and recently possessed of a Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, he suggested writing a "comic dictionary" for the "Town Crier". Some of Bierce's definitions:

Conservative: A statesman who is enamoured of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal, who wishes to replace them with others.

Cynic: A blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be. A person of low taste, more interested in himself than in me.

Faith: Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel.

Lawyer: One skilled in circumvention of the law.

Marriage: A household consisting of a master, a mistress, and two slaves, making in all, two.

Hardback 1944.

Good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95, or $6.95 by tracked mail. If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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