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Foyle's Philavery Reprint Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0550103291
ISBN-10: 0550103295
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I happen to be one of those people who love these kinds of books, though unfortunately they frequently get lost in the melange of frippery that is located around the checkout counter at better bookstores. Anyway, Foyle, who happens to own such a bookstore in London, has collected a fair-sized book's worth of odd and distinctive words, his favourite of which is "kakistocracy, a system of government where the rulers are the least competent, least qualified or most unprincipled citizens"--a word we ought to use more frequently. -- The Morning News Book Digest 20080324 I have found many surprises in the Philavery -- I didn't know that alopecia literally means fox mange! -- Roddy Lumsden's Blog, www.booksfromscotland.com 20080324 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Christopher Foyle is the chairman of the famous Foyle's Bookshop in London. He resides in Essex, England.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 233 pages
  • Publisher: Chambers; Reprint edition (February 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0550103295
  • ISBN-13: 978-0550103291
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,619,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
You get exactly what is described in the product information and the result is great!

Soon your whole vocabulary may start growing stranger and stranger. You may even lose touch with your life-long friends.

Who cares? This is a super fun way to go!
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This is great fun for those who are interested in unusual words, even though there is, I think, a slight padding out. By my reckoning at least, some ten words out of the 105 listed here beginning with the letter A are not really all that unusual. But this must be a somewhat subjective judgment. Some 73 of the words under A I had never come across, and that's a pretty good score for this beautifully produced book. Would make a lovely present for a philaveryphile!
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There's something quite appealing about this book. If books can have an ambience, then Foyle's Philavery has it. With its red cloth spine, red fabric bookmark, and odd garden graphic cover, the book whets one's appetite for the treasure of unusual words inside.

Most of the words within are words I've never seen and never shall again. I'm not sure whether I feel cheated or proud because of the handful of familiar words included in this collection. Though I'd met them before, it was nice renewing acquaintance with words like: lacrymose, monstrance,manumit, legerdemain, and phrenologist, a word remembered from Hound of the Baskervilles.

The book presents the words alphabetically as dictionaries are apt to do. With each word a definition and part of speech are included. Occasionally Foyle throws in a second definition, some history of the word, or even an example sentence. Oddly a pronunciation guide page is included at the beginning, but no respellings are included and precious few pronunciation clues.

Lovers of language will love this book. Most others will look at it with puzzlement. As for me, I was enthralled.
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Good day: to be honest, the product did not meet my expectations. The book itself is an amazing publication, however because I could not get it anywhere else, I ordered and purchased through 'Amazon' which was costly indeed! For the price I paid, I would have expected the book to arrive in perfect condition. It did not! It is clear to me that in the packaging process, and by means of some packaging machine, several of the books' pages have been damaged. I could put see through cellotape on those damaged pages, but I would rather return the book and get a copy that is in pristine condition. Thank you. Tessa Barnard
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