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A Dictionary of the English Language. In two volumes

By Samuel Johnson

1810 - London - R. Marchbank, Dublin

10.5" by 8.5", unpaginated

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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Samuel Johnson's famous dictionary, unlike any other, a compendium of English literature

'In which the words are deduced from their originals, and illustrated in their different significations by examples from the best writers and illustrated in their different significations by examples from the best writers. To which are prefixed a history of the language, and an English grammar'.

Thirteenth Edition, containing 'a correct standard of pronunciation, and an historical account of the author's life, not in any former one'.

With a portrait frontispiece of Samuel Johnson, 'a most-striking likeness'.

Ink binder's stamps of Speakman, Liverpool to front pastedowns.

Complete in two volumes.

Samuel Johnson (1709 1784), often referred to as Dr Johnson, was an English author who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer. There was dissatisfaction with the dictionaries of the period, so in June 1746 a group of London booksellers contracted Johnson to write a dictionary for the sum of 1,500 guineas (1,575), equivalent to about 230,000 as of 2012.[1] Johnson took nearly nine years to complete the work, although he had claimed he could finish it in three. Remarkably, he did so single-handedly, with only clerical assistance to copy out the illustrative quotations that he had marked in books. Johnson produced several revised editions during his life. The dictionary had a far-reaching effect on Modern English and has been described as "one of the greatest single achievements of scholarship." This work brought Johnson popularity and success. Until the completion of the Oxford English Dictionary 150 years later, Johnson's was viewed as the pre-eminent British dictionary.

CONDITION

In half morocco bindings. Externally sound although rubbed. Slight water damage to the boards. The hinges have been reinforced. Internally, firmly bound. Generally bright and clean, the odd age-toned page, just a few scattered spots and handling marks. Marginal foxing to the frontispiece. Ink monastic library stamps to endpapers and titles. Overall: VERY GOOD


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