Walter W. Skeat's Concise Dictionary of English Etymology 2007 is compact but rich content dictionary of English etymology, that lets us feel the Great Britain's long tradition of philology and dictionary making.
When surveying the dictionary making in England, its typography's beauty and binding's durability are enough amazing for us Oriental.
Especially I really think that the leather spine of the book's stoutness make us feel the historical heaviness. Regretfully Japan's book spines are not so strong than the Great Britain.
My Shorter Oxford Dictionary was made in 1956 but after half a century the leather spine is very smooth and beautiful against my roughly handling.
Tokyo 25 May 2012 Sekinan Research Field of Language