This little book would neatly fit into a schoolboy's jacket pocket, and provide a handy reference for checking unfamiliar vocabulary. Originally compiled by George Ostler, this second edition was revised and supplemented by Mrs J Coulson. The blurb on the front jacket flap states: "This little book is .... a wonder. Its range ... is astonishing: it includes ... modern colloquialisms, Americanisms, new scientific and technical terms, foreign words and phrases, sporting terms and slang. ... with this book in one's pocket one should never be at a loss for the right pronunciation."
Our copy is in remarkably good condition, and retains its dust jacket (clipped - but with a price label pasted on, stating 'including extra war costs'). Although grubby and darkened with age, the dust jacket shows remarkably few signs of its age, with only minimal wear at edges, corners and angles. A faded mauve circular stamp on the front is particularly interesting, as it clearly states a price in Indian rupees, implying that the young owner may have been living, and at school, in India. The book itself is bound in classic OUP navy blue cloth with gilt title etc on front and spine (somewhat faded). Covers quite badly mottled with damp, but spine clean. Blue dye from the damp patches has migrated to the inside of the dust jacket. Minimal bumping of corners and shelf wear to top & tail of spine. Page edges were originally red, and the young owner's name was written (in felt-tip pen) along the long edge of the textblock. The red colour has bled slightly into the page edges. Inside, the binding is firm with no loose pages; pages are clean (apart from slight red bleeding at edges); owner's name in blue ink on front fep and on the reverse of the colophon. Title page adorned with 2 coloured transfers. A very personal book!