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The Bantam New College Latin & English Dictionary (English and Latin Edition) Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 2007
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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.
Update in 2014: I now like this dictionary even better, although it's heavier to carry around: The New College Latin & English Dictionary
There is a complete introduction to conjugations, declensions, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, and pronunciations. One notable strength is the addition of the Greek noun declensions; now the cases of Greek names and places often encountered in Latin writings are easily discernible. Macrons are used throughout to mark long vowels.
A lot of Latin dictionaries lack idioms, colloquial constructions, and usage contexts that give a whole new depth to the language. This one doesn't.
Unfortunately, IPA isn't used in the pronunciation guide, so differences in dialectal pronunciations of English words might lead to a slightly different pronunciation paradigm. Also, the pronunciation of non-English vowels and diphthongs isn't clear (e.g. "eu as in Italian neutro"). IPA for English and Latin phonology is simple and would eliminate these problems.
I also own a copy of Cassell's Latin & English Dictionary, which is definitely inferior. Its printing and paper quality is low. Cassell's vowels are not consistently marked--and breve and macrons are difficult to distinguish sometimes when they are marked. Go with Bantam New College's instead!
This dictionary is perfect for a Latin class and a great bookshelf companion to "Latin: An Intensive Course" by Moreland and Fleischer.