Language Books

Discover the beauty of the English language with a book of Etymology, or brush up on your Latin with a classical dictionary. The Folio Society presents a wide selection of books on language, from histories of linguistics to reference titles. All Folio books include beautiful illustrations, diagrams and photographs, and come in unique hardback covers. See below for the full list of Folio language books.

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The Best After-Dinner Stories book

The Best After-Dinner Stories

Ever since Chaucer's day, when the host of the Tabard Inn in Southwark rose to welcome the Canterbury Pilgrims with a joke, the After Dinner Speech, designed, if possible, to reduce the assembled company to helpless merriment, has presented the ultimate challenge.

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Compact Oxford Leather Bound Dictionary book

Compact Oxford Leather Bound Dictionary

Perfect for any home or office, the Compact Oxford Dictionary provides easy reference at your fingertips. This fine reference title is bound in blue leather and lettered in gold leaf.

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Compact Oxford Leather Bound Thesaurus book

Compact Oxford Leather Bound Thesaurus

Perfect for any home or office, the Oxford Thesaurus provides easy reference at your fingertips. This fine reference titles is bound in blue leather and lettered in gold leaf.

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The Devil's Dictionary book

The Devil's Dictionary

Ambrose Bierce

Ambrose 'Bitter' Bierce was immortalised by The Devil's Dictionary. His series of satirical definitions and irreverent aphorisms first appeared from 1881 to 1886 in the columns of a provincial newspaper, impaling the sacred cows of civilised life - and much else besides - upon the spikes of his own mordant wit.

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The English Language book

The English Language

Robert Burchfield

From Beowulf to The Book of Common Prayer, from the Great Vowel Shift to the worldwide web, it has been a long road, full of unexpected diversions, which continues to snake into the horizon. No guide could map the journey of the English language in a more entertaining style than Robert Burchfield.

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