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Johnson, Samuel
A DICTIONARY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE: IN WHICH THE WORDS ARE DEDUCED FROM THEIR ORIGINALS, 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. LONDON: PRINTED BY W. STRAHAN, FOR J. AND P. KNAPTON; T. AND T. LONGMAN; C. HITCH AND L. HOMES; A. MILLAR; AND R. AND J. DODSLEY, 1755
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Johnson, Samuel
A DICTIONARY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE: IN WHICH THE WORDS ARE DEDUCED FROM THEIR ORIGINALS, 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. LONDON: PRINTED BY W. STRAHAN, FOR J. AND P. KNAPTON; T. AND T. LONGMAN; C. HITCH AND L. HOMES; A. MILLAR; AND R. AND J. DODSLEY, 1755
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 10,000 USD
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Johnson, Samuel
A DICTIONARY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE: IN WHICH THE WORDS ARE DEDUCED FROM THEIR ORIGINALS, 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. LONDON: PRINTED BY W. STRAHAN, FOR J. AND P. KNAPTON; T. AND T. LONGMAN; C. HITCH AND L. HOMES; A. MILLAR; AND R. AND J. DODSLEY, 1755
2 vols, folio (16 1/4 x 10 1/8 in.; 414 x 257 mm). Title-pages printed red and black, woodcut tailpieces, second definition for "earsh" added by a contemporary hand to foot of 7R2v; gatherings B–F of preliminaries and last few leaves of second volume somewhat dampstained, occasional light staining or spotting, small holes to 19Z1 and 22E1.2 costing a few letters, a very few scattered marginal tears, some corners turned. Nineteenth-century marbled boards, attractively rebacked and recornered with calf, early red-sprinkled edges; extremities quite rubbed.
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Provenance

Henry Tomkinson (signature, 1761, on title-page of first volume) — Davie Bassett (armorial bookplate)

Literature

Cordell J40; Cordell/Koda 49; Grolier/English 50; Printing and the Mind of Man 201; Rothschild 1237; Todd, "Variants in Johnson's Dictionary, 1755," in The Book Collector 14:212-14

Catalogue Note

FIRST EDITION of the first standard English Dictionary, "the most amazing, enduring and endearing one-man feat in the field of lexicography" (Printing and the Mind of Man). A very good copy with the text in the first state according to Todd's points 1, 2, 5–7, 11, 15, 17-21.

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