Having The Last Word - Ivor BrownJonathan Cape, 1950, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with heavier tanning to the spine. Price Clipped. Light spotting to the blanks. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise.
From the cover: “Ivor Brown’s word-books have become, as it were, household words. Beginning with one, which he never expected to please many, he was lured on by the ever-growing popular demand to write the five he has so far published. Now sixthly and finally, as the preachers say, comes his farewell to these verbal anthologies, Having the Last Word. Mr. Brown has never pretended to be an etymological expert; he has merely picked out from his reading the word that amused or delighted him, commented on its quality, and given examples of its happy usage. Scores of correspondents have helped him with notes and suggestions. But, even with all this kindly prompting, there must be an end somewhere. So Having the Last Word is his last book of this kind, and, readers may think, his richest.”