A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles
edited by James A. H. Murray, Henry Bradley, William A. Craigie and C. T. Onions
These are the original public domain volumes of the dictionary that
was eventually published as the Oxford
Volumes 1-9, and the first part of volume 10, published between 1884 and 1926
and covering the letters A-U,
are now in the public domain in the United States.
Below we link to online copies of these public domain volumes.
The current edition of the Oxford English Dictionary is also available online, though it may require subscription or
payment to access in full.
- Volume I: A-B
(ca. 1888). Some initial pages, including the front matter and part of
the preface, are missing from this scan.
- Google Books also has the first part of volume 1 (up to "Axiform") in the 1888 edition. It includes all front matter and the full preface, but might not be accessible outside the United States.
- Volume II: C (1893).
- Volume III, Part I: D (1897).
- Volume III, Part II: E (1897).
- Volume IV: F-G (1901).
- Volume V: H-K (1901).
- Volume VI, Part I: L (1908).
- Volume VI, Part II: M-N (1908).
- Volume VII: O-P (1909).
- Volume VIII, Part I: Q-R (1914).
- Volume VIII, Part II: S-Sh (ca. 1914).
- Volume IX, Part I: Si-St (1919).
- Volume IX, Part II: Su-Sz and T-Th (1919).
- Volume X, Part I: Ti-U (1926).
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