This is one of the oldest books I have. I bought it many years ago for $3 in a used bookstore in New York. The covers are slightly damaged and some of the pages are loosening. But otherwise, and considering that it's almost 130 years old, it's in pretty good shape. I hope I will be as healthy when I am 130.
Inside, there is a dedication probably to the original owner of the book.
Dear Sister Tillie
December 2nd - 1878"
I cannot figure out the first word of the first line. The first 3 letters appear to be i-n-i and the last 2 are e-d. There are only 16 entries starting with "ini" in my huge Random House Dictionary, but none makes sense in this context. I think the last word of the same line is "crown".
In the thesaurus, the words are numbered, and presented in a hierarchical classification rather than alphabetically. You can see below that even in the smallest groupings, the words are not alphabetized. Instead, they follow each other somewhat subjectively based on their meanings. For example, "Intrinsicality" comes before "Extrinsicality". But there is an alphabetical index that lists every word and its number.
Despite these shortcomings and its age, however, this could still be a useful book. There is also a long list of foreign words and expressions. Why evolution was considered "motion in a reverse cycle", I don't understand, though.