My funds are limited . . ..
Do I have the one you mention? Yes and no. No, because last time I was in HK, it was not yet on sale. Yes, because the one I mentioned in the previous post should be an older edition of the same book. Author (Kwan Choi Wah = Caihua Guan) and publisher are the same, the description fits in detail, and the errors quoted by reviews of that book at amazon.com are the same. Since even the number of pages did not change, I think there should not be a lot of improvements, if any. What changed is the ISBN and the cover.
Exactly, the same thing holds for the other book (Chinese-English) that Rathpy mentioned and my older version of the same thing, except that here the author did not change his name to Mandarin.
yes, if it lists all the compounds under the character, we would get what we want. But this book lists just 2-3 examples per character and they are rarely the most important compounds. So it remains a character dictionary.
sorry, I should be more careful in my wording. Of course, everybody benefits from a good book. However, to my experience, most people buy a dictionary only after having passed the beginner's stage. Even more true for Chinese character dictionaries that are much more complicated than others.
My favorite for beginners:
"Phrases in Cantonese" by Betty Hung. Not a phrase book, but a 4000 word English-Cantonese vocabulary. For a beginner, it is the best E-C dictionary. It gives romanisation and the characters. It tells you only one and usually the best translation per meaning of the English word. Gives also classifiers. Later, for the intermediate student, it becomes a good vocabulary trainer. And it is of small size and cheap.