'The scholarship here is impeccable ... the entries in this volume are rare and esoteric, so the volume itself would be an essential purchase only for those libraries that support PhD programs in linguistics or the study of early modern English.'
W. Miller, Florida Atlantic University, Choice, Dec '90
`These two beautifully produced volumes present an exciting new these on the origins of English lexicography ... This splendidly rich and thoroughly researched body of information is a major contribution to lexicography ... an essential tool for the compilers of OED.'
Notes and Queries
'The Introduction is noble and exciting, a tribute from a great German scholar too early dead.'
Basil Cottle, Review of English Studies, Feb '92
'Schäfer has not only written an immediately useful reference work, but his work has also put either editorial time or foundation money in the bank - in terms of producing an EME dictionary. The study of EME would be greatly advanced, the job of compiling an EME dictionary greatly facilitated, if more of us would devote time to work like Schäfer's. Early Modern English Lexicographyy is bedrock scholarship and will save many of us from
building our houses on sand.'
Michael Adams, Albright College, Modern Philology