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The Dialect of The Huddersfield District
By Stu
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The Dialect of The Huddersfield District

Mar 26 (edited)

Given that we don't know what the Dust Jacket actually looked like (other than Perhaps Wayne who has seen one), I'm trying to make something plausible just to protect the spine of the book from UV on the shelf. I can figure out the correct size easily enough (as I know how wide the flaps were from shadowing on the endpapers).

Any suggestions, help, etc. welcomed

[Edit: It looked nothing whatsoever like my first musings, attached here! ]

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Apr 3
Having seen the scans from the Wade Centre, their copy looks like it is 91 years old, browning on the spine etc.

Stu's reproduction to me looks like it did in 1928 when it was first put on the book. Well done.
Apr 3
Some interesting information about The British Library's retention policies for Dust Jackets:

"Thank you for contacting the British Library Humanities Reference Services.

The British Library does hold two copies of 'A New Glossary of The Dialect of the Huddersfield District”, and I ordered and received both copies, neither of these two publications have dust jackets. I have also checked our special spread sheet for dust jackets, and there are no registered dust jackets records for these two items in the British Library collections. Please also note information below,

'Selected dust jackets were retained from 1919 to 1991, no dust jackets were retained in 1992, dust jackets from hardback fiction received through legal deposit (essentially novels ) published in the United Kingdom and Ireland with the shelfmark prefix Nov) have been retained from 1993 onwards.

I discussed this issue with my colleagues from Rare Books and Music Reading Room, and they confirmed this information, but please feel free to contact me colleagues in the Rare Books Reference Team ( with any enquiries about dust jackets."
Apr 9
Catherine McIlwaine was quite nice and checked the Bodleian copy for us - it also does not have the dustjacket, sadly. Sounds like that library followed pretty much the same policy as the British Library.
May 8
By one of those weird coincidences that happen in life, I have just had a lucky find of a poor condition, but dust-jacketed, copy of Huddersfield Dialect.
The jacket, of course, aligns with the Wade image used for the facsimile but is not price-clipped.
So I have added some closeups of the price on the inside flap. Let me know if you want me to upload any more images.
For those who are curious, the book itself does not have the gild coat of arms on the cover.

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May 8
Nice find! And thanks for sharing the pictures of your dustjacket. One of two currently known, so rarer than Songs for the Philologists. Probably not as pricey though.
May 8
Excellent find! looks like I need to get rid of the italics on the price, and then it'll be near enough!

I suspect there will be more of them out there. Probably mostly in West Yorkshire, waiting to be discovered.
May 8
Gawain, could I be cheeky and ask for a photo or scan of the upper cover for
May 8
Very nice!
May 9
Of course, Deagol. I intended to send you one as well as posting here and then forgot. I'll try both scanning and photo and PM you both.
May 9
oops strike that I don't seem to be able to PM an image so I'm posting them here. The top corner is missing so message me back Deagol if you'd like me to scan or photo differently.

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