New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1906. First edition. Hardcover. 8vo. , v, , 3-233,  pp. Green cloth with red lettering on the front board, black and red decorations on the front board and spine, spine lettered in black; top edge gilt. Illustrated by a frontispiece of a silhouette labeled "The Cynic". ANB, Lawrence I. Berkove, "Bierce, Ambrose Gwinnett". BAL 1124. Copyright page without printer's imprint. Ambrose Bierce was a prolific journalist and literary figure of the nineteenth century. According to ANB, Bierce experienced more battle action first-hand than any other important nineteenth-century American writer. After the war, Bierce spent forty years as a principal American journalist, helping to proliferate the popularity of Western American newspapers. Bierce famously used his platform to speak out against the Spanish-American war, and to expose the corruption of railroad barons and politicians. His column Prattle became nationally syndicated. Bierce was famously agnostic, unable to be a Christian although he was raised in a fervently Christian household. His Cynic's Word Book is the first half of a plethora of humorous definitions and witticisms that Bierce wrote over the years. The word book parodies Christianity, the institution of marriage, mass media, lawyers, and other societal staples of nineteenth-century America. Bierce is remembered for his irony and wit, and his attention to fact and logic in his journalism. A curious dictionary from a fascinating American figure. Very Good. Item #00009608
A Very Good book with the red on the front board and spine's decorations heavily rubbed, boards' corners show miniscule rubbing.