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    What is the meaning of this?

    In the full confidence that the public will appreciate a cheap and attractive Primer of this character, the Publishers have spared no expense to make this book equal, in type, paper, and illustrations, to any that have been issued from their Press.
    Does that mean they made the book equal as other books from their press or that they did not? I am really confused and it's a bit embarrassing, considering this is just the preface of the book.

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    Re: What is the meaning of this?

    Yes. The book is of the same quality as the best of their other publications.

    If you spare no expense you don't try to economise by using cheaper materials.

    Note that your question is about the phrase Spared no expense. That would have been a better title for your thread.

    Rover

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    #3

    Re: What is the meaning of this?

    Thanks. I will be more careful next time when coming up with a title for a thread.

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    #4

    Re: What is the meaning of this?

    As may be expected in a preface, the publisher is saying 'this book is cheap [=inexpensive] but not cheap [=of a low standard]'.

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    #5

    Re: What is the meaning of this?

    The random use of capital letters is a bit perplexing, though.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #6

    Re: What is the meaning of this?

    @Barb_D You are right, I hadn't noticed.

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