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Revision and collaboration: the <i>Abridgement</i> and <i>Supplement</i>

Susan Rennie

in Jamieson's Dictionary of Scots

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199639403
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741920 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199639403.003.0006
Revision and collaboration: the Abridgement and Supplement

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This chapter describes Jamieson’s plans to revise the Dictionary, leading to the publication of a two-volume Supplement in 1825. It shows how Jamieson expanded his reading programme to encompass new works by Scott and others, and used this research for the interim, abridged edition of 1818. The chapter makes extensive use of manuscript material to show how Jamieson solicited information from a network of consultants, and reveals that major contributors, such as Sir Robert Liston and George Kinloch, had a significant impact on the text. It also details the nature and extent of Scott’s contributions to the Supplement, by reference to the annotated Dictionary copy in Abbotsford Library. The chapter includes a detailed analysis of the Supplement manuscript, revealing how Jamieson prepared and revised his copy for the press, and an overview of the unpublished Additions, for which Jamieson continued to gather material until his death in 1838.

Keywords: Walter Scott; Abbotsford; Robert Liston; George Kinloch; Supplement manuscript; Additions

Chapter.  18980 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Lexicography

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