London: University of Oxford Press, at the Clarendon Press, Humphrey Milford Publisher to the University, 1921.
First Edition. Wraps. 9" X 5 3/4". 29pp. Sewn printed paper wraps. Tears along spine, with wraps attached only by remaining 1 3/4" untorn paper. Chipping to edges of wraps, stamp and inked name to upper wrap. Marks of bookplate removal to front pastedown and faint stamp to title page. Pages are quite musty, but clean and unmarked. A worn but complete 1921 copy of this scarce tract by Henry Watson Fowler, "lexicographical genius" (The Times) and author of A Dictionary of Modern English Usage. This number 6 in the series of 66 tracts printed for the Society for Pure English, founded in 1913 by academics and writers, notably the poet Robert Bridges, to protect the language from what they saw as degenerative uses. Fair. Item #3206