London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co. 1899. Octavo, contemporary full tree calf, floral gilt rules to boards, gilt arms of the Worcester Cathedral School to upper board, raised bands, spine compartments elaborately decorated in gilt, brown morocco spine label, all edges marbled, marbled endpapers, blind-tooled dentelles, silk ribbon marker. Worcester Cathedral School prize label dated 1903 affixed to front pastedown. Light foxing to first few pages only, joints lightly rubbed.
Later edition of this popular Victorian study, first published in 1851 by poet and philologist Richard Chenevix Trench, who would go on to serve as Dean of Westminster Abbey and Archbishop of Dublin. In these chapters, based on lectures to his students, Chenevix Trench urges close attention to the origins of everyday words: “a single word is often a concentrated poem, a little grain of pure gold capable of being beaten out into a broad extent of gold-leaf." He argues that a historical awareness of the roots of language not only helps us speak and write more eloquently, but also more honestly. A near-fine copy, in a splendid prize binding.