The Bantam New College Latin & English Dictionary (The Bantam New College Dictionary) (English and Latin Edition) (Latin) Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 2007
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Publishinh house (BANTHAM BOOKS): ZERO stars for poor job and no quality control
This is an excellent dictionary. It is inexpensive, light to carry, and most important, it is well done from a lexicographic point of view: long vowels are always marked, there are a lot of Latin words and the entries are rich in grammatical information. There are various common expressions and idioms for more important words. In sum, I would mark this dictionary even 6 stars for the author's work. I have been using it for many years.
But recently (January 2018) I have decided to buy a new copy. I got two copies in the end. Both are defective in the way they were printed. There is missing information on so many pages: there is a large margin left on one side of a page and some information is missing on the other margin (edge) of it. Bantam Book's printer was out of function. I assume only a set of these dictionaries were defectively printed and the problem will be solved soon. But it means there is no serious quality control in Bantham House. Leafing through the pages one can see immediately what the problem is.
Unfortunately, since there is no other way to evaluate separately the the work of the publisher in contrast to the work of the writer, I must give only three stars for what I got.
Update: I found the same defect in a third dictionary from the set of six. There are obviously some major quality control issues with the publisher. Why has the publisher not made an effort to remove all of these books from circulation?
Additionally, I noticed a great many typos or even excluded letters in my print edition. For example, at the top of the page it would read "vincio" rather than "evincio". Not the end of the world, but a bit confusing, and these kind of weird typos were strewn throughout.
Overall, this dictionary is handy, definitely usable, but maybe not the best option for students of theology.
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A great handy book at a great value for money!
I've occasionally come across the American Bantam Books before, but this is in a class of its own. My only concern is for its durability, being paperback; a hardcover version does not seem to exist.
The only real problem is that it is printed as a mass-market paperback on quite cheap-looking paper. I wish I could get a longer-lasting version, as a hardback on archival paper.