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The Cyclopædia of Names

    Abstract

    THE production of a pronouncing and etymological dictionary of proper names, encyclopædic in its scope and fulness, must have involved an immense amount of care and industry. The ponderous tome which represents the result of such labour comprises —to quote from the Editor's introductory remarks— “not only names in biography and geography, but also names of races and tribes, mythological and legendary persons and places, characters and objects in fiction, stars and constellations, notable buildings and archæological monuments, works of art, institutions (academies, universities, societies, legislative bodies, orders, clubs, &c), historical events (wars, battles, treaties, conventions, &c), sects, parties, noted streets and squares, books, plays, operas, celebrated gems, vessels (warships, yachts, &c), and horses. Pseudonyms, also, which have literary importance, are included. The only condition of insertion has been that the name should be one about which information would be likely to be sought.”

    The Cyclopædia of Names.

    Edited by Benjamin E. Smith Pp. 1085. (London: Fisher Unwin, 1894.)

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