Newnes Family Reference Dictionary was first published in circa 1963 and this copy is a first edition.
The boards are covered in shiny red cloth. The front has a rose symbol, embossed in gold, in the centre, with a plain rectangular border around the outside, also in gold. The spine has 'Newnes Family Reference Dictionary' written horizontally across the top, with just 'Newnes' across the bottom - all in uppercase. There are plain rectangular borders around these too, but the back board is plain. All the corners are bumped and the edges are shelf worn.
The spine is not creased but both hinges (gutters) are torn on the outside, while the head and tail caps are worn but not torn. There is some fraying. Both sets of end papers, showing The Chief Languages of the World, are intact, but the binding is split between the back of the title page and the list of contents. The back hinge is more intact.
The fore-edges have useful finger holes for quick access to each letter of the alphabet, but these are well-worn and all of the pages edges are discoloured. On the other hand, the page faces are mostly clean, with some staining at the top of the contents/ notes pages and pp.1070-1071. The binding is loose and torn between pp.565-6.
Besides definitions, the volume includes a list of 'recent' words, alliances/treaties etc and others. There are also separate sections on the Solar System, first aid and house purchase. Tables include a ready reckoner in £.s.d. and a wages table. At the back of this reference section, there are nine colour maps of the World, Britain, Europe, North America, and other parts.