Restricting myself, therefore, to articles completed by Mr. Lane, I first instituted a minute survey of the existing ms. With a View to ascertaining its deficiencies. Since some articles were written thirty years earlier than others it was natural to expect some inequality in the work, and the suspicion was increased by the discovery that whereas Mr. Lane was in the habit of cutting out articles from the later volumes of his ms. And sending them unaltered to the printers, be generally copied out the articles occurring in the earlier volumes. Knowing, however, the finality which characterized my Uncle's work, and also the almost fastidious cleanness which he always desired in his copy, I was led to believe that the practice of rewriting his earlier articles was due more to his consideration for the compositor than to any variation in his scholarship. A detailed investigation proved the correctness of this belief. The copied articles differ in no important particular from the original ms. A few changes in abbreviations and punctuation, with a View to conciseness, had to be made in order to render the earlier articles con sistent with the later. Sometimes a paragraph was rearranged, but it was a rare case to find any addition or any correction of moment. The only deficiency was in the omission of the readings of the 'obah, the ms. Of which was acquired later than the composition of the greater part of the Lexicon: but as the 'obab seldom offers a new interpretation, and is generally useful only as confirming other authorities, this omission is not of serious importance. A few articles, chie?y those ending in a were taken down in the order of the various native lexicons and left unarranged. These I have of course arranged. The Slight alterations in abbreviations and punctuation necessary to make the earlier articles consistent with the later I have made. Beyond these changes, I have in no way interfered with my Uncle's ms., unless the cor rection of obvious clerical errors and the insertion of a few needful cross-references can be termed interference.
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Publisher - Forgotten Books
Language - English
Author(s) - Edward William Lane
Published Date - August 22 2019
ISBN - 9780267958917
Dimesions - 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.7 cm
Page Count - 257
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