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There is no other book like this one.

Truly though there isn't. At least, not available for sale out there in the web-sphere of rare and vintage bookselling. You cannot find this book anywhere. If you're a lover a words, a linguist, a linguistics teacher/professor or student, a writer or reader simply hungry for the English language, then this book is for you, and this is the only place you will be able to find it. If you are any of those people then you might be collecting all thesauruses and dictionaries you can, actually. I might have to consider doing this myself, as a writer, starting such a collection -- they are so intriguing, all of them. They mark the different time periods of our language and how it changes so well, which is actually fascinating and likely interesting to people who might not know they would be interested by it.

For instance, I bet you didn't know that "female" is synonymous in this first-ever Synonym and Antonym dictionary by Random House with "weak, soft, gentle" did you? And this came out in 1960! Hellooooo progress.

Anyway, this book is, like I said, impressive as it is the first-ever Random House Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms, and it came out right about the time when the renown Random House Publishing House had just entered the reference works publishing market! Dated 1960, it followed Random House's famous American College Dictionary published in 1947, but was printed before the famous 1966 unabridged version of that work. Basically in the life of Random House this is an important physical piece representative of a milestone. As it is the first one (first edition and print!) it is very valuable and rare today.

More importantly, there are tons of out-of-date and funny or offensive details like the above throughout, showing how adaptive yet time-stamped language truly is. Twitter is now a word in the dictionary, for instance. It always was, but without the meaning you're thinking of. It now has an additional "synonymous with" attached to it. It isn't even in this book, however, with its old meaning, but "twit" is. "Twit" is synonymous here with "taunt" and "upbraid," meaning if you are taunting someone, you are twitting them. If you upbraid or deride someone, you are "twitting" them, or were in 1960. How funny is that? I can't even imagine saying that out loud. Hilarious.

This book is also interesting for its scope -- with dictionaries today having hundreds of thousands if not millions of words in them, meaning thesauri do as well--if not more--the fact that only 88,000 words were picked out of the English language to include in this tiny volume is so cool. Who picked the words, and why? How did they go about it? How come the word "rude" is written as synonymous with "bruit" but "bruit" (not brute, so I'd never heard the word) isn't in the book at all? There are also no pronunciations, which I find strange and funny. This little book seems to be only somewhat finished, which is why it is such a cool historical artifact. Knowing this is the first "Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms" Random House ever came out with means to know this was their first effort--and how different such works have become over time (namely how much BIGGER they've become!) is significant.

I think there are many out there who would enjoy looking through this volume, maybe not to use it as their own thesaurus (I'm sure you might not find the word you are looking for half of the time, and if you do, would have trouble cross-referencing and finding a listing for the synonym of the word you've found, as I did several times) since it isn't even called that at that point in time, but as a piece of literary history, an artifact of words, a Random House treasure.

Are you that person? I hope you are. The book is on my shelf, waiting to be pored over and--at times--chuckled at.

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full title: The Random House Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms, Over 88,000 Words, Accurate & Authoritative, Completely Modern, Alphabetical Listing, Easy to Use
-Editor: Laurence Urdang (Managing Editor of The Random House Dictionary of the English Language)
-Format: First edition, first printing, small book, leather-like soft cover
-Condition: Has that beat-up vintage condition on the outside, and like-new condition on the inside. No markings or page-rips, just an old book that has survived till today in pretty great shape.
-Publisher: Random House Inc. New York
-Copyright: 1960 Random House Inc.
-Date published: 1960
-Provenance: I've had this a long time, picked it up in a sale when I was studying during my undergrad at UConn, so about five years ago, with no idea of its worth and history until I looked into it years later.
-Pricing: You cannot find this book anywhere. That's how I came to the price -- it is worth a lot more in fact, but I wanted to be reasonable. I took into consideration that this is the first-ever Random House Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms, and it came out right about the time when the renown Random House Publishing House had just entered the reference works publishing market! Dated 1960, it followed Random House's famous American College Dictionary published in 1947, but was printed before the famous 1966 unabridged version of that work. Basically in the life of Random House this is an important physical piece representative of a milestone. As it is the first one (first edition and print!) it is very valuable and rare enough today to warrant a high-ish price, especially considering it is coming from a trusted seller with pictures, and the frayed-at-the-edges but nice state of it. The fact there are no rips or marks is pretty remarkable (forgive the pun!) and knowing it was one of Random House's first publications of this kind (dictionaries, encyclopedias, etc) makes it all the more a treasure. :)
There is no other book like this one.

Truly though there isn't. At least, not available for sale out there in the web-sphere of rare and vintage bookselling. You cannot find this book anywhere. If you're a lover a words, a linguist, a linguistics teacher/professor or student, a writer or reader simply hungry for the English language, then this book is for you, and this is the only place you will be able to find it. If you are any of those people then you might be collecting all thesauruses and dictionaries you can, actually. I might have to consider doing this myself, as a writer, starting such a collection -- they are so intriguing, all of them. They mark the different time periods of our language and how it changes so well, which is actually fascinating and likely interesting to people who might not know they would be interested by it.

For instance, I bet you didn't know that "female" is synonymous in this first-ever Synonym and Antonym dictionary by Random House with "weak, soft, gentle" did you? And this came out in 1960! Hellooooo progress.

Anyway, this book is, like I said, impressive as it is the first-ever Random House Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms, and it came out right about the time when the renown Random House Publishing House had just entered the reference works publishing market! Dated 1960, it followed Random House's famous American College Dictionary published in 1947, but was printed before the famous 1966 unabridged version of that work. Basically in the life of Random House this is an important physical piece representative of a milestone. As it is the first one (first edition and print!) it is very valuable and rare today.

More importantly, there are tons of out-of-date and funny or offensive details like the above throughout, showing how adaptive yet time-stamped language truly is. Twitter is now a word in the dictionary, for instance. It always was, but without the meaning you're thinking of. It now has an additional "synonymous with" attached to it. It isn't even in this book, however, with its old meaning, but "twit" is. "Twit" is synonymous here with "taunt" and "upbraid," meaning if you are taunting someone, you are twitting them. If you upbraid or deride someone, you are "twitting" them, or were in 1960. How funny is that? I can't even imagine saying that out loud. Hilarious.

This book is also interesting for its scope -- with dictionaries today having hundreds of thousands if not millions of words in them, meaning thesauri do as well--if not more--the fact that only 88,000 words were picked out of the English language to include in this tiny volume is so cool. Who picked the words, and why? How did they go about it? How come the word "rude" is written as synonymous with "bruit" but "bruit" (not brute, so I'd never heard the word) isn't in the book at all? There are also no pronunciations, which I find strange and funny. This little book seems to be only somewhat finished, which is why it is such a cool historical artifact. Knowing this is the first "Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms" Random House ever came out with means to know this was their first effort--and how different such works have become over time (namely how much BIGGER they've become!) is significant.

I think there are many out there who would enjoy looking through this volume, maybe not to use it as their own thesaurus (I'm sure you might not find the word you are looking for half of the time, and if you do, would have trouble cross-referencing and finding a listing for the synonym of the word you've found, as I did several times) since it isn't even called that at that point in time, but as a piece of literary history, an artifact of words, a Random House treasure.

Are you that person? I hope you are. The book is on my shelf, waiting to be pored over and--at times--chuckled at.

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full title: The Random House Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms, Over 88,000 Words, Accurate & Authoritative, Completely Modern, Alphabetical Listing, Easy to Use
-Editor: Laurence Urdang (Managing Editor of The Random House Dictionary of the English Language)
-Format: First edition, first printing, small book, leather-like soft cover
-Condition: Has that beat-up vintage condition on the outside, and like-new condition on the inside. No markings or page-rips, just an old book that has survived till today in pretty great shape.
-Publisher: Random House Inc. New York
-Copyright: 1960 Random House Inc.
-Date published: 1960
-Provenance: I've had this a long time, picked it up in a sale when I was studying during my undergrad at UConn, so about five years ago, with no idea of its worth and history until I looked into it years later.
-Pricing: You cannot find this book anywhere. That's how I came to the price -- it is worth a lot more in fact, but I wanted to be reasonable. I took into consideration that this is the first-ever Random House Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms, and it came out right about the time when the renown Random House Publishing House had just entered the reference works publishing market! Dated 1960, it followed Random House's famous American College Dictionary published in 1947, but was printed before the famous 1966 unabridged version of that work. Basically in the life of Random House this is an important physical piece representative of a milestone. As it is the first one (first edition and print!) it is very valuable and rare enough today to warrant a high-ish price, especially considering it is coming from a trusted seller with pictures, and the frayed-at-the-edges but nice state of it. The fact there are no rips or marks is pretty remarkable (forgive the pun!) and knowing it was one of Random House's first publications of this kind (dictionaries, encyclopedias, etc) makes it all the more a treasure. :)

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Absolutely! I'm willing to do anything to get this book to you, but I will not write on it. If it is not in the condition you want, I know preservation techniques and will certainly oblige as best I can. You just need to let me know.
I will wrap the book any way you want. It is special and so are you, you deserve it! I will also write cards, include photographs, anything you'd like that would make this transaction more, well, you.
I won't tell you how to care for your book, but as to how they are cared for now, they are housed in two places -- some are wrapped in plastic in my main room in the part of the house that used to be a quaint B&B, lined on lovely old wooden bookshelves; others are stacked in piles or leaning on cool, creative and different bookends all round the room, and all are given care, attention, and kept away from my dog :)

Others sit in my library, in built-in authentic 1800s wooden and glass-door library shelves that line the walls in a secluded room in a historic home on the shore. With vintage, warm lamplights over the tiny marble fireplace, the library's windows catch plenty of sunlight--the books are in good homes and will arrive undamaged.
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I am more than willing to hunt down a specific book for you. This can take time, however, and would be a matter of personal back-and-forth on the site so you would have to keep in contact. There is no guarantee. I'm good at finding things however, and if I cannot find it to sell to you myself I will direct you to where I can find it online, if I can.

Important to note, however, that I may have it in my holdings already so it ALWAYS helps to check in with me. Listings come up continually, and it may just be waiting here to get processed and put up.
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