My grandfather Raymond Burton owned this copy of Webster’s New International Dictionary of the English Language, published in Springfield Mass., 1925:

Based on the International Dictionary of 1890 and 1900,
now completely revised in all departments
including also a dictionary of geography and biography,
being also the latest authentic quarto edition
of the Merriam series.

4 and a half inches thick, with 2620 pages and such prodigious extras as Flags of Many Nations and A Pronouncing Gazetteer. Plus so many hundreds of spectacular engravings that I decided to keep living. Raymond, thanks. And for teaching me how to play chess.

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