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Johnson, Samuel

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Item Description: printed by W. Strahan for J and P Knapton et al, London, 1755. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. FIRST EDITION of Johnson's landmark Dictionary; A BEAUTIFUL COPY in elegant contemporary tree calf. A monumental work by anyone's standards, Johnson's Dictionary took over eight years to complete. "With no real library at hand, Johnson wrote the definitions of over 40,000 words. illustrating the senses in which these words could be used by including about 114,000 quotations drawn from English writing in every field of learning during the two centuries from the middle of the Elizabethan period down to his own time" (W. Jackson Bate). "Johnson introduced into English lexicography principles which had already been accepted in Europe but were quite novel in mid-eighteenth-century England. He codified the spelling of English words; he gave full and lucid definitions of their meanings (often entertainingly coloured by his High Church and Tory propensities); and he adduced extensive and apt illustrations from a wide range of authoritative writers. His dictionary [is the] most amazing, enduring and endearing one-man feat in the field of lexicography" (Printing and the Mind of Man 201). Published on 15 April, 1755, in an edition of 2000 copies, it is estimated that slightly more than half survive. London: printed by W. Strahan for J and P Knapton, et al., 1755. Folio, contemporary full tree calf rebacked with original spines laid-down. Two volumes. Text very clean. An outstanding copy in exceptionally handsome tree calf bindings. Bookseller Inventory # 453

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Johnson, Samuel

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Item Description: Printed for W. Strahan for J. and P. Knapton, London, 1755. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing Published on 15 April, 1755, in an edition of 2000 copies. A magnificent copy elegantly bound in leather. This two volume set is complete with NO missing pages. The bindings are tight for both books with NO cocking or leaning. The boards are crisp with minor wear to the spine and edges. The title page in each book is present and is printed in black and red. The pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book with minor wear. Overall, a spectacular matching 2 volume set of this TRUE FIRST EDITION in collector's condition. We buy Samuel Johnson First Editions. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-14745635026

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JOHNSON, Samuel.

Published by London: by W. Strahan, for J. and P. Knapton; T. and T. Longman; C. Hitch and L. Hawes; A. Millar; and R. and J. Dodsley, 1755 (1755)

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Item Description: London: by W. Strahan, for J. and P. Knapton; T. and T. Longman; C. Hitch and L. Hawes; A. Millar; and R. and J. Dodsley, 1755, 1755. 2 volumes, folio (420 × 246 mm). Mid-19th century full red hard-grain morocco, skilfully rebacked to style with richly gilt spine and green label, broad gilt roll-tool borders on sides, yellow endpapers. Some dampstaining to inner margin and head of a few gatherings at beginning and end of volume II. A most handsome complete copy. Title page printed in red and black. First edition of this most famous of English dictionaries. The creation of the dictionary was Johnson's greatest literary labour. Helped by a succession of needy amanuenses who worked in the surprisingly spacious garret of his house in Gough Square, he experienced the death of his mother and underwent agonies of procrastination before finally completing the task in his 46th year. Boswell called it a work of "superior excellence" and "much greater mental labour, than mere Lexicons, or Word Books as the Dutch call them" (Life of Johnson: An Edition of the Original Manuscript. Vol I: 1709–1765, ed. Marshall Waingrow, Edinburgh, 1994, p. 213). As his use of 114,000 illustrative quotations shows, Johnson clearly intended to combine lexicography with entertainment and instruction; this was the only work he called "my Book" (Letters I: 71). Since it was now owned by the booksellers who had paid him £1,575 in advance, publication by no means saved him from poverty. Yet it was always to be called "Johnson's Dictionary" – and was as much his greatest monument as St. Paul's was Christopher Wren's. The national pride taken in the dictionary was expressed by the poet Christopher Smart when he wrote in the Universel Visitor: "I look upon [it] with equal amazement, as I do upon St. Paul's Cathedral; each the work of one man, each the work of an Englishman" (quoted by Henry Hitchings, Dr. Johnson's Dictionary, London, 2005, pp. 199–200). Provenance: gilt monograms of Matthew John Rhodes on front covers: "the library of M. J. Rhodes of Cumberland was sold at auction by Messrs C. B. Tait and T. Nisbet of Edinburgh 8 July 1851. the bindings being particularly mentioned. Matthew John Rhodes (1817?-1891), of Eardstone House in Worcestershire, only son of Timothy Rhodes banker late of Leeds was admitted to Trinity College Cambridge as a Pensioner 14 February 1833 age 17, and took his BA 1839 and his MA in 1842. He was admitted to an ad eundem degree at Oxford University 18 May 1843 and admitted to the Inner Temple 10 November 1837. An M. J. Rhodes published a number of polemic tracts on Catholicism" (University of Toronto Libraries: British Armorial Bindings). With the ownership inscription of the British Labour leader and bibliophile Michael Foot (1913–2010) on the endpapers of both volumes. Alston V 177; Courtney and Smith p. 54; Chapman & Hazen p. 137; Fleeman 55.4D/1a; Printing and the Mind of Man 201; Rothschild 1237; Todd, "Variants in Johnson's Dictionary, 1755", The Book Collector, vol. 14, no. 2, summer 1965, pp. 212-13. Bookseller Inventory # 98876

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JOHNSON Samuel

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Item Description: 1755. First Edition. 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. & P. Knapton, et al., 1755. Two volumes. Thick folio (11 by 17 inches), contemporary full brown calf rebacked to style in brown morocco gilt and recornered, raised bands, marbled endpapers. $33,000.First edition of the first great dictionary of the English language, Johnson’s “audacious attempt to tame his unruly native tongue… combining huge erudition with a steely wit and remarkable clarity of thought” (Hitchings, 3)â€"“Johnson’s writings had, in philology, the effect which Newton’s discoveries had in mathematics.”"Johnson's Dictionary made him a superstar. To be sure, there had been dictionaries before his. The difference is that, while these were compiled, Johnson's was written… The glory of the book is that it is also a compendium of English literature, reprinting fine examples of words from the masters, often Shakespeare or Sir Francis Bacon. Johnson sought to 'intersperse with verdure and flowers the dusty desarts of barren philology'" (Smithsonian Book of Books). "Dr. Johnson performed with his Dictionary the most amazing, enduring and endearing one-man feat in the field of lexicography… The preface ranks among Johnson's finest writings… It is the dictionary itself which justifies Noah Webster's statement that Johnson's writings had, in philology, the effect which Newton's discoveries had in mathematics" (PMM 201). Carlyle paid this tribute: "Had Johnson left nothing but his Dictionary, one might have traced there a great intellect, a genuine man" (Baugh et al., 992). Title pages printed in red and black. Courtney & Smith, 54. Grolier 100. Rothschild 1237. Armorial bookplates.Scattered light foxing, occasional very minor marginal dampstaining. Marginal closed tear to leaf [12G2], Volume I, not affecting text. Only lightest age-wear to exceptional contemporary calf boards. An excellent copy of a lexicographical and literary landmark in near-fine condition. Bookseller Inventory # 103003

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Johnson Samuel

Published by London by W. Strahan 1755 (1755)

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Item Description: London by W. Strahan 1755, 1755. 2 volumes. First edition. Title pages printed in red & black, woodcut tailpieces. Royal folio, full contemporary sprinkled calf with a sympathetic antique restoration at the spine panel incorporating the original lettering labels. The covers with borders decorated with double gilt fillet lines, the spines with handsome raised bands gilt ruled, the contrasting dark red and green lettering labels are stamped in gilt. Very beautifully preserved. Internally especially clean and well preserved, and a large copy, unpressed and with fine margins. A bit of very light expected age or shelf rubbing at the extremities, but without question, an unusually fine, handsome and clean set. RARE AND HIGHLY IMPORTANT, THE TRUE FIRST EDITION OF SAMUEL JOHNSON’S MASTERWORK AND A WONDERFUL CLEAN AND LARGE COPY. "The most amazing, enduring and endearing one-man feat in the field of lexicography (PMM). Begun in 1747 and printed over five years, Johnson's DICTIONARY set the standard for all subsequent lexicographical work. Its excellence was immediately recognized in all quarters and the first edition of two thousand copies sold quickly. What set Johnson's DICTIONARY apart from earlier efforts was his reliance on the examples of English literature rather than his own intuition or previous word lists or dictionaries, a method that has been the standard ever since, from Richardson and Webster to the Oxford English Dictionary. Johnson, in undertaking this vast work, set out to perform single-handed for the English language what the French Academy, a century before, had attempted for French. He hope to produce "a dictionary by which the pronunciation of our language may be fixed, and its attainment facilitated;" and though, of course, no language can be frozen in time, by aiming at fixing the language he succeeded in giving the standard of reputable use. As Noah Webster stated, his work "had, in philology, the effect which Newton's discoveries had in mathematics." Johnson presumed to finish the work for the Dictionary in three years by his own labor, but he underestimated the work required and it eventually took nine years to complete (though not all of his time was spent upon the Dictionary, as he was also the editor of The Rambler at this time) and required the assistance of six amanuenses--five of whom, to Boswell's satisfaction, were Scotsmen. "Johnson's achievement marked an epoch in the history of the language. The result of nine years labor, it did more than any other work before or since towards fixing the language. The preface ranks among Johnson's finest writings. The most amazing, enduring, and endearing one-man feat in the field of lexicography" (Printing and the Mind of Man). Bookseller Inventory # 22474

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A Dictionary of the English Language: In: Johnson, Samuel; Rev.

Johnson, Samuel; Rev. Joseph Hamilton

Published by Printed by W. Strahan for J. And P. Knapton; T. Longman; C. Hitch and L. Hawes; A. Millar; and R. And J. Dodsley, London (1755)

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Item Description: Printed by W. Strahan for J. And P. Knapton; T. Longman; C. Hitch and L. Hawes; A. Millar; and R. And J. Dodsley, London, 1755. Full Calf Leather. Book Condition: Fine. First Edition. FIRST EDITION. In Two Volumes. Folios. First state title pages printed in red and black; unpaginated; text printed in double columns; in period tree calf, edges and corners expertly repaired, expertly rebacked to match style, gilt stamped black leather labels to spines; marbled endpapers, bookplate to front pastedown of Volume 1. An exceptional set, interiors bright and clean, minimal foxing. Johnson's monumental gift to the English language, 7 years in the making, and containing the infamous definition of oats: "A grain, which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland sustains the people." A landmark work and one of the cornerstones of any serious collection. First edition of "the most amazing, enduring and endearing one-man feat in the field of lexicography" (Printing and the Mind of Man). Photos available upon request. Size: Elephant Folio - over 15" - 23" tall. Hardcover. Bookseller Inventory # 001043

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Item Description: London Printed by W. Strahan, for J. and P. Knapton., 1755. "The Most Amazing, Enduring and Endearing One-Man Feat in the Field of Lexicography" 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., 1755. First edition of "the most amazing, enduring and endearing one-man feat in the field of lexicography" (Printing and the Mind of Man). Two large folio volumes, tall paper copies, (16 1/2 x 10 1/4 inches; 412 x 254 mm.). Unpaginated. Text in double columns. Title-pages printed in red and black. Decorative woodcut tail-pieces. Later full tan sheep, decoratively gilt-stamped on spines with two morocco labels, gilt-stamped. Extremities rubbed, scratch to rear cover of vol. I. Some minor foxing and browning as usual. Overall, a very nice set. "Begun in 1747, and printed over five years, Johnson’s Dictionary at once put to shame every other dictionary that had ever been written and set the standard for every dictionary that has been written since. Its genius was at once acknowledged by every hand, and the first edition of two thousand copies was instantly sold out.Perhaps the greatest innovation in Johnson’s work was his consistent reliance not on earlier word-lists and dictionaries, not on his own intuition, but on English literature itself—the vast, wonderful treasury of words that, well chosen and properly sorted and accurately quoted, became in itself almost a dictionary of the language. Indeed, after Johnson showed the way by quoting from English literature at every turn, it was even suggested that a great dictionary might be written without definitions at all—if the quotations were plentiful enough and well enough chosen and edited. This insistence on real examples from the real language as it has been really used has informed every serious dictionary every since—from Richardson and Webster to the new OED" (The Collection of The Garden Ltd., Sotheby’s New York, November 9 and 10, 1989, lot 148). Courtney & Nichol Smith, p. 54. Printing and the Mind of Man 201. Rothschild 1237. HBS 67203. $22,500. Bookseller Inventory # 67203

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JOHNSON, Samuel.

Published by London: by W. Strahan, for J. and P. Knapton; T. and T. Longman; C. Hitch and L. Hawes; A. Millar; and R. and J. Dodsley, 1755 (1755)

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Item Description: London: by W. Strahan, for J. and P. Knapton; T. and T. Longman; C. Hitch and L. Hawes; A. Millar; and R. and J. Dodsley, 1755, 1755. 2 volumes, folio (423 × 258 mm). Mid 20th-century full calf, spines gilt in compartments with two morocco title labels to each (one red, one green), sides panelled with two gilt ruled borders, all edges stained red. Illustrated bookplate, incorporating an appropriate staff of Asclepius, of William Binns Cowper, sometime of the Royal Army Medical Corps during WWII. Some very minor marks and scratches to covers, the leaves notably clean and fresh but for some very faint spots to some end leaves. Excellent condition. First edition of this most famous of English dictionaries. This work has at various times been called "the most important British cultural monument of the eighteenth century" (Hitchings); "the only dictionary [of the English language] compiled by a writer of the first rank" (Robert Burchfield); "the most amazing, enduring and endearing one-man feat in the field of lexicography" (PMM); and the first genuinely descriptive dictionary in any language. "Johnson's writings had, in philology, the effect which Newton's discoveries had in mathematics" (Webster). Courtney and Smith p. 54; Chapman & Hazen p. 137; Fleeman 55.4D/1a; Printing and the Mind of Man 201; Rothschild 1237. Bookseller Inventory # 87242

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Item Description: printed by W. Strahan for J. and P. Knapton, London, 1755. First edition, 2 volumes, folio, title pages in red and black, lexicon in double column; full brown calf scuffed and rubbed, neatly rebacked sometime in the 20th century in matching gilt-decorated calf spine, red and black morocco labels; in all a good, sound copy, or better. Engraved 19th-century bookplate of Benjamin Milne.This copy with the earliest setting of leaf 19D, the word "part" (sense 7) the references reading "Bacon's Natural History" and "Milton's Paradise Lost," the later setting reading "Bacon's Nat. Hist." and "Milt. Par. Lost." Alston V, 177; Courtney & Nicol Smith, p. 54; Grolier, English 100, 50; Fleeman 55.4D/1a; Printing and the Mind of Man, 201; Rothschild 1237. Bookseller Inventory # 44469

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A Dictionary of the English Language: in: JOHNSON, Samuel (1709-1784)

JOHNSON, Samuel (1709-1784)

Published by Printed by W. Strahan for J. & P. Knapton, T. & T. Longman, C. Hitch & L. Hawes, A. Millar, and R. & J. Dodsley, London (1755)

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Item Description: Printed by W. Strahan for J. & P. Knapton, T. & T. Longman, C. Hitch & L. Hawes, A. Millar, and R. & J. Dodsley, London, 1755. 2 volumes, folio. (16 3/8 x 9 3/4 inches). Titles in red and black, all but the preface set in two columns. Expertly bound to style in half 18th century russia over contemporary marbled paper covered boards, spines with raised bands in seven compartments, ruled in gilt on either side of each band, red and black morocco lettering pieces in the second and third compartments First edition of Johnson's Dictionary. This work has at various times been called "the most important British cultural monument of the eighteenth century" (Hitchings); "the only dictionary [of the English language] compiled by a writer of the first rank " (Robert Burchfield) and first genuinely descriptive dictionary in any language. "Johnson's writings had, in philology, the effect which Newton's discoveries had in mathematics" (Webster). "It is the fate of those that toil at the lower employments of life, to be rather driven by the fear of evil, than attracted by the prospect of good; to be . punished for neglect, where success would have been without applause, and diligence without reward. Among these unhappy mortals is the writer of dictionaries . Every other author may aspire to praise; the lexicographer can only hope to escape reproach" (Johnson, preface to the present work). Samuel Johnson's monumental work, which drew on all the best ideas and aspects of earlier dictionaries, was published on April 15, 1755 in an edition of 2000 copies. The price was a high one £4 10s, or £3 10s to the trade. The group of publishers whose names appear in the imprint were joint proprietors, having paid Johnson £1575 in installments for copy which took him eight years to complete, although in the final months publication was held back for the granting of his Oxford M.A. (Feb. 20, 1755). Some of Johnson's advance was used to rent the well-known house in 17 Gough Square, where the garret became his "dictionary work-shop." He called on the assistance of six amanuenses, five of whom, Boswell proudly records, were Scotsmen, and who were almost derelict when he hired them. "With no real library at hand, Johnson wrote the definitions of over 40,000 words.illustrating the senses in which these words could be used by including about 114,000 quotations drawn from English writing in every field of learning during the two centuries from the middle of the Elizabethan period down to his own time" (W. Jackson Bate, Samuel Johnson (New York, 1977), p.247. "It is the dictionary itself which justifies Noah Webster's statement that Johnson's writings had, in philology, the effect which Newton's discoveries had in mathematics. Johnson introduced into English lexicography principles which had already been accepted in Europe but were quite novel in mid-eighteenth-century England. He codified the spelling of English words; he gave full and lucid definitions of their meanings (often entertainingly colored by his High Church and Tory propensities); and he adduced extensive and apt illustrations from a wide range of authoritative writers.but despite the progress made during the past two centuries in historical and comparative philology, Johnson's book may still be consulted for instruction as well as pleasure" (PMM). The Dictionary was issued with two titlepages, identifying the volumes as "I" and "II," and is usually divided between the letters "K" and "L," as here. Although Fleeman estimates that "more than half" of the 2000 copies survive, their condition is extremely variable. The great weight of the work ensured that when standing upright and even when stoutly bound, the covers were likely to detach with time. Once the covers were loose, damage to the titles and the other outer leaves was almost inevitable. Courtney & Smith p. 54; Chapman & Hazen p. 137; Fleeman Bibliography I, p.410; Grolier English 50; cf. H. Hitchings Defining the World (ref.); PMM 201; Rothschild 1237; Slade & Kolb Johnson's Dictionary pp.105-113; cf. William B. Todd 'Variants in Johnson's Dictionary, 1755', pp.212-3 in The Book Collecto. Bookseller Inventory # 26355

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A Dictionary of the English Language: in: Johnson, Samuel

Johnson, Samuel

Published by Printed by W. Strahan, for J. and P. Knapton; T. and T. Longman; C. Hitch and L. Hawes; A. Millar; and R. and J. Dodsley, London (1755)

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Item Description: Printed by W. Strahan, for J. and P. Knapton; T. and T. Longman; C. Hitch and L. Hawes; A. Millar; and R. and J. Dodsley, London, 1755. First edition. First edition. Title pages printed in red and black. Text printed in two columns. 2 vols. Folio (407 x 248 mm.). The First Edition of Johnson's Dictionary in Contemporary Calf. First edition of "the most amazing, enduring and endearing one-man feat in the field of lexicography" (PMM). Strahan's ledger shows that a printing charge was made to the proprietors of the Dictionary at least as early as December, 1750. By the beginning of 1753, Johnson had resolved his differences with booksellers, and progress became more rapid, though he did not start the second volume until April, 1753. The Dictionary was officially published on April 15, 1755, in an edition of 2000 copies, and sold at the high price of £4-10s-0d. Courtney, pp. 54-5; Chapman & Hazen, pp. 137-8; PMM 201; Rothschild 1237; Fleeman I, p. 410; Slade & Kolb, Johnson's Dictionary, pp. 105-113 Contemporary calf gilt. Rebacked retaining original backstrips, endpapers renewed. Corners somewhat worn, title pages creased (vol. I with blank lower outer corner restored); occasional foxing (at times pronounced), chiefly in first volume, scattered light stains and early marginalia. Old repairs to last 3 leaves of vol. II (margins of 3IB; three portions of 3IC costing approx. 30 words; and small repairs on terminal leaf costing 5 words. Sound, generally clean, sturdy and attractive. Very good. Cloth slipcases Title pages printed in red and black. Text printed in two columns. 2 vols. Folio (407 x 248 mm.). Bookseller Inventory # 247043

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Johnson, Samuel

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Item Description: Printed by W. Strahan, for J. and P. Knapton; T. and T. Longman; C. Hitch and L. Hawes; A. Millar; and R. and J. Dodsley., London, 1755. 1st Edition. Folio, title pages printed in red and black, woodcut tailpieces. Bound in 19th century calf with a gilt stamped border on the front and rear covers. The covers have considerable edge wear, scratches and a few stains. Gilt inner dentelles. Both volumes have been skillfully rebacked to style with two leather spine labels. Marbled end papers with some chipping at fore edges and secured at the gutters with a four inch strip of binderd cloth to ensure strength. Marbled edges with considerable wear. A few minor internal stains and a closed 5 inch tear to leaf 4G of volume one. Even though this set has its weaknesses, they are offset by the brightness of the text and that there has been no need for any repairs to the first and last leaves of text in either volume as they have been so well cared for. Further the dimensions of the text are an impressive 10 1/2 inches (267 mm) wide by16 1/2 inches (417 mm) tall. Fleeman 55, 4D/1a, PMM. One of 2000 sets printed with the estimate that about half that number have survived. ".the most amazing, enduring and endearing one man feat in the field of lexicography." (PMM). Bookseller Inventory # 9019844

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Item Description: J. Amd P. Knapton et al., London, 1755. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. First Edition. First Edition. Two Volumes.Handsome contemporary full dark tan calf, gilt designs spine, brown & gilt labels. Bookbinder's label: Henry Sotheran & Co. Booksellers to the King. Covers reiinforced at inner hinges, stains on title pages and margins of few pages from leather dressing, age-toning, scattered foxing, two leaves (Hav-Haz) bound inverted. Courtney & Smith p.54. Chapman & Hazen p.137. Rothschild 137. PMM 201. Size: Folio - over 12" - 15" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 20011

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Item Description: printed by W. Strahan for J. and P. Knapton, London, 1755. First edition, 2 volumes, folio, title pages in red and black, lexicon in double column; full brown calf antique, old red and black morocco labels preserved; title page in vol. I neatly remargined and reinserted, A2 also reinserted; a few internal leaves with marginal tears (no loss); in all a good, sound copy, or better.This copy with the earliest setting of leaf 19D, the word "part" (sense 7) the references reading "Bacon's Natural History" and "Milton's Paradise Lost," the later setting reading "Bacon's Nat. Hist." and "Milt. Par. Lost." Alston V, 177; Courtney & Nicol Smith, p. 54; Grolier, English 100, 50; Fleeman 55.4D/1a; Printing and the Mind of Man, 201; Rothschild 1237. Bookseller Inventory # 43222

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Item Description: London: Printed by W. Strahan, 1755., 1755. FIRST EDITIONS. 2 volumes; Folio. Complete. Titles in red and green labels. Original speckled tan calf with marbled endpapers, all edges flecked in red, expertly respined to style by Trevor Lloyd Bindery, subtle repairs to corners. A beautiful, sympathetic binding which employs a style of decoration that is handsome and highly appropriate. Vol 1: internally clean with neat ink initials 'JH' [Sir Joseph Hawley] to first blank, soft horizontal crease and tiny (3mm) edgetear to title; Vol 2: internally clean but for faint spotting to first and final leaves, some soft folds to corners, neat soft vertical crease to title, minute repair to very tips of corners of same, marginal (later) ownership also. This is an attractive and complete copy of this cornerstone of the English language. Internally clean, some marginal wear to prelims volume I, a few light spots here and there and the armorial bookplate of the Graham of Gartmore to the verso of both title pages. An impressive set. Dr. Johnson performed with his dictionary the most amazing, enduring and endearing one-man feat in the field of lexicography. Provenance: Sir Joseph Henry Hawley (1814-1875), High Sheriff of Kent and race horse breeder, with the armorial bookplate of the Hawley Baronets to each volume. Later (indistinct) ownership to volume II, dated 1884. Adam Smith in one of the earliest reviews of the book in the 'Edinburgh Review' 1755, compared it favourably with the best international dictionaries of modern languages then available, those of the French Academy and those of the Accademiadella Crusca, both of which 'were composed by a numerous society of learned men and took up a longer time in the composition than the life of a single person could have well afforded'; whereas the English dictionary was 'the work of a single person and composed in a period of time very inconsiderable when compared with the extent of the work'. In fact, it took Johnson less than ten years from writing his first prospectus in 1746 to publication day , 14th June 1755 , when the two folios went on sale at £4.10s. The dictionary was originally the project of a group of publishers and booksellers and the great Scottish printer William Strahan. They recognised that the time was ripe to bring to fruition the idea of a standard English dictionary which the Royal Society had entertained as far back as 1644. In that year it appointed a committee for the improvement of the English language, for which John Evelyn, after a visit to Florence, wrote a report on the activities of the Crusca in 1655. Johnson's Dictionary is divided into four parts: the preface, in which he expounds the aims and problems of lexicography; a history and a grammar of the English language, both sections being of interest only in that they show the vast ignorance of eighteenth century philologists before Sir William Jones and his successors in this field; and finally the dictionary proper. The preface ranks among Johnson's finest writings; the history and the grammar, which did not interest him in the least, are dull rehashes of older compilations. It is the dictionary itself which justifies Noah Webster's statement that 'Johnson's writing had, in philology, the effect which Newton's discoveries had in mathematics'. Johnson introduced into English lexicography principles which had already been accepted in Europe but which were quite novel in mid-eighteenth-century England. He codified the spelling of English words; he gave full and lucid definitions of their meanings (often entertainingly coloured by his High Church and Tory propensities); and he adduced extensive and apt illustrations from a wide range of authoritative writers. In the field of English lexicography Johnson's greatest followers were the American, Webster, and the compilers of the 'Oxford English Dictionary'' but despite the progress of the past two centuries in historical and comparative philology, Johnson's book may still be consulted for instruction as well as. Bookseller Inventory # 44506

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Item Description: London Printed by W. Strahan, for J. and P. Knapton., 1755. "The Most Amazing, Enduring and Endearing One-Man Feat in the Field of Lexicography" 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., 1755. First edition of "the most amazing, enduring and endearing one-man feat in the field of lexicography" (Printing and the Mind of Man). Two large folio volumes, tall paper copies, (16 1/4 x 10 1/4 inches; 412 x 254 mm.). Unpaginated. Text in double columns. Title-pages printed in red and black. Decorative woodcut tail-pieces. Full brown calf, rebacked to style. Spines with original two calf spine labels, lettered in gilt. Spines ruled in gilt in compartments, six raised bands. Spine label on volume I, chipped with label professionally repaired. Boards rubbed and scuffed. Title-page and the first page of the preface with some professional restoration, not affecting text. Previous owner's bookplate on front pastedown. Some toning from glue to edges of pastedowns and blanks. Overall, a very nice set. "Begun in 1747, and printed over five years, Johnson’s Dictionary at once put to shame every other dictionary that had ever been written and set the standard for every dictionary that has been written since. Its genius was at once acknowledged by every hand, and the first edition of two thousand copies was instantly sold out.Perhaps the greatest innovation in Johnson’s work was his consistent reliance not on earlier word-lists and dictionaries, not on his own intuition, but on English literature itself—the vast, wonderful treasury of words that, well chosen and properly sorted and accurately quoted, became in itself almost a dictionary of the language. Indeed, after Johnson showed the way by quoting from English literature at every turn, it was even suggested that a great dictionary might be written without definitions at all—if the quotations were plentiful enough and well enough chosen and edited. This insistence on real examples from the real language as it has been really used has informed every serious dictionary every since—from Richardson and Webster to the new OED" (The Collection of The Garden Ltd., Sotheby’s New York, November 9 and 10, 1989, lot 148). Courtney & Nichol Smith, p. 54. Printing and the Mind of Man 201. Rothschild 1237. HBS 65682. $18,500. Bookseller Inventory # 65682

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Item Description: Printed by W. Straha, for J. and P. Knapton., London, 1755. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. First edition.. Large folio. 2vols. Unpaginated. A-K2, a-c2, d1, B-13A2, 1 ff. of 13B1-14Z; (1), 15A-16Z2, 1 ff. of 17A-17Z, 18A-22E2, 1 ff. of 22F-22Z, 23A-27D2, 1ff of 27E-28Z, 29A-31C2. Text in double columns. Title-pages printed in red and black. Decorative woodcut tail-pieces. Contemporary full calf, neatly rebacked. Red & green morocco labels, title-page of vol.1 partly repaired. Faint damp-staining and water-staining, a few corners creased, some small tears. Bookseller Inventory # KS12089

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Item Description: For J. & P. Knapton; T. & T. Longman; C. Hitch & L. Hawes; A. Millar; and R. & J. Dodsley. 1755, 1755. FIRST EDITION. In two volumes. Folio. Titles in red & black; marginal paper repairs to titlepages & to a few additional leaves, most notably to final leaf of vol. I but not affecting text, some sl. foxing, heavier in places. Handsomely rebound in half speckled calf, raised bands, gilt compartments, red & green morocco labels. Occasional stamp of Bournemouth Public Libraries at top right corner. ESTC T117231. Bookseller Inventory # 55968

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A DICTIONARY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE: IN: JOHNSON, SAMUEL.

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Item Description: W, Strahan, for J. And P. Knapton, T. And T. Longman, et al, London, 1755. Full Brown Tree calf`. Book Condition: Rebound in Contemporary Style. First Edition. Two volumes uniformly bound retaining original red and black leather spine labels. Spines are panelled and ruled in gilt. Covers bordered with gilt floral chain. New endpapers. Title-pages are printed in red and black and are in excellent condition with no restorations. Volume 1; Worming pinholes very top of title-page extending to 2D. Minor water-stain near lower gutter of 15 early pages, minor pinhole worming as is commonly noted. Small stain bottom corner of 6F to 6G. 12O is misprinted 11O, and 13P is misprinted 16P. Volume 2; Worm pinhole lower gutter of 15A and 15B, and 20K to 21A. 2" closed tear at fore-edge of 20O without paper loss. Both volumes are collated complete. Occasional brown spotting confined usually to the periphery. In all, a very clean and crisp set throughout, beautifully rebound by a master binder. According to PMM 201, "the most amazing, enduring and endearing one-man feat in the field of lexicography". See Courtney and Smith p. 54, Printing and the Mind of Man 201, ESTC T117231, Grolier 100 Books Famous in English Literature p.100. "I have devoted this book, the labour of years, to the honour of my country, that we may no longer yield the palm of philology without a contest to the nations of the Continent". Samuel Johnson. Johnson (1709-1784) was an English writer who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, literary critic, biographer, editor, lexicographer. His biography and accomplishments require nine pages in the Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th edition. Size: Large Folio 16 1/4" x 10 1/4". Bookseller Inventory # 013388

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Item Description: Printed for W. Strahan for J. and P. Knapton et al., London, 1755. Hardcover. First edition. Elephant folio, 23 x 15 inches. Title page in red and black with text printed in two columns. The first edition printing of 2000 copies. PRINTING AND THE MIND OF MAN 201. "Dr Johnson performed with his "Dictionary" the most amazing enduring and endearing one-man feat in the field of Lexicography." The work is divided into four parts which PMM notes,"The preface ranks among Johnson's finest writings." and then quotes Noah Webster -- "Johnson's writings had, in philology, the effect which Newton's discoveries had in mathematics." Notes on endpapers, early owner inscription on title head, title of Volume I conserved, occasional light toning, contemporary ink marginalia, first few leaves of Vol. I chipped at fore-edge. Rebound in three quarter brown morocco and marbled boards, black leather spine labels printed in gilt. Very good. 2 vols. Bookseller Inventory # 20807

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Item Description: for W. Strahan [et al.], London, 1773. 2 volumes, large folio, pp. [56] plus unpaginated lexicon in double column; [2] plus unpaginated lexicon; titles printed in red and black, collated complete; contemporary full calf, very neatly rebacked and preserving the original red and green morocco labels on spines; in all a very good, sound copy. Textually the best edition of Johnson's magnum opus. The fourth edition ranks next to the first edition of 1755 in both importance and interest, representing the author's final and only substantially corrected text, and including his page-long advertisement to it ("Many faults I have corrected, some superfluities I have taken away, and some deficiencies I have supplied."). "Significant numbers of new illustrative texts were incorporated, while many others were dropped and replaced. [He] often flooded existing entries with new illustrations, sometimes accompanied by additional definitions or other material, thus altering the reading of the entry as a whole. Many of the new sources from which he borrowed were theological writers, and the cumulative effect of the new quotations and their accompanying definitions or notes on usage is to draw attention to a broader theological sense of the word in question. [This edition shows for example Johnson's mature appreciation for Milton's work and includes many more examples of his writing]. Johnson revised no other work as extensively or after such a long period of time had elapsed - he was thirty-seven when he signed the original contract with the booksellers for the Dictionary, almost sixty-three when he began the great revision; the scrutiny of his own work and accomplishments entailed in the effort, therefore, is unlike anything else to be found in Johnson's canon" (Allen Reddick, The Making of Johnson's Dictionary 1746-1773, pp. 89-92). Courtney & Smith p. 55; Fleeman 55.4D-4a; PMM 201(citing the first edition of 1755); Sledd & Kolb, pp. 114-126. Bookseller Inventory # 45545

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Item Description: London by W. Strahan for W. Strahan, J.& F. Rivington [and others] 1773, 1773. 2 volumes. The Fourth edition, the highly important final folio edition to be revised by Johnson himself. Provenance: Sir James & Lucy Esdaile (inscription dated (?)1775); James Kennedy Esdaile (armorial bookplate); Edmund Esdaile, Pembroke College, Oxford (inscription). Title-pages printed in red and black. Royal folio (425 X 265mm), in original binding of full calf over thick boards, the backs expertly restored to full period grandeur with elaborate gilt tooled compartments with grand central tools and extensive additional tooling all in gilt between gilt decorated bands, two compartments with contrasting red and green labels gilt lettered and decorated, endpapers marbled. A very attractive set, the original calf with some pleasant age, corners consolidated, first two leaves of Vol. I with some normal creasing, the text clean and fresh, withal a very solid, handsome copy in fine state. A VERY HANDSOME SET OF THE HIGHLY IMPORTANT FOURTH EDITION, which was the last in which Samuel Johnson himself had any involvement. TEXTUALLY, IT IS CONSIDERED TO BE THE BEST EDITION of Johnson's great work and THE MOST IMPORTANT EDITION AFTER THE FIRST. It contains Johnson's advertisement (THE FIRST EDITION TO DO SO) in which he states, 'Perfection is unattainable, but nearer and nearer approaches may be made; and finding my Dictionary about to be reprinted, I have endeavoured, by a revisal, to make it less reprehensible'. Johnson, in undertaking the vast work of creating his dictionary, set out to perform single handed for the English language what the French Academy, a century before, had attempted for French. He hope to produce "a dictionary by which the pronunciation of our language may be fixed, and its attainment facilitated;" and though, of course, no language can be frozen in time, by aiming at fixing the language he succeeded in giving the standard of reputable use. As Noah Webster stated, his work "had, in philology, the effect which Newton's discoveries had in mathematics." "Johnson's achievement marked an epoch in the history of the language. The result of nine years labor, it did more than any other work before or since towards fixing the language. The preface ranks among Johnson's finest writings. The most amazing, enduring, and endearing one-man feat in the field of lexicography" (Printing and the Mind of Man). Bookseller Inventory # 26898

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Item Description: London, 1765. hardcover. Third. A very sound, useable and attractive copy of this early edition. PMM, 201: "Johnson introduced into English lexicography principles which had already been accepted in Europe but were quite novel in mid- eighteenth century England. He codified the spelling of English words; he gave full and lucid definitions of their meanings. and he adduced extensive and apt illustrations from a wide range of authoritative writers." Chapman & Hazen, 138. To which are prefixed, A History of the Language, and An English Grammar. 2 volumes. Large thick folios. Handsomely recased in older full brown calf with the contemporary gilt-tooled spine and covers preserved; burgundy and black leather spine labels; outer dentelles. Title pages printed in red & black. Unpaginated. [10]pp Preface & History, followed by the main text in double columns (just a bit of scattered toning throughout but pages are generally very clean and fresh). London: Printed by W. Strahan, for A. Millar, T. Longman, J. Dodsley, W. Strahan, J. Rivington, et al., 1765. Third (folio) edition. Bookseller Inventory # 172456

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Item Description: London printed by W. Strahan for W. Strahan J. & F. Rivington T. Davies J. Hinton etc, 1773. Two volumes, folio, collating as in Fleeman; a fine clean copy in contemporary calf, spines gilt, red and green lettering pieces; some scuffs on covers, well refurbished; withal a very good, sound and clean copy. The final edition published in Johnson's lifetime, and the only edition substantially revised by him. As Chapman and Hazen point out, Johnson devoted 'considerable labour' to this revision, and 'it should be referred to for his considered opinion on any word'. The revision of his Dictionary was a task to which Johnson brought great energy, albeit with his customary difficulties in applying himself to the work. In August 1771 he wrote to Langton that his 'summer wanderings' being almost over, he was now 'engaging in a very great work, the revision of my Dictionary'; by October 1772 he was writing to John Taylor: 'I am now within a few hours of being able to send the whole dictionary to the press, and though I often went sluggishly to the work, I am not much delighted at the conclusion'. The result was published in early 1773. Although Johnson told Boswell that 'having made no preparation, I was able to do very little', the revision was in fact substantial, particularly in the number of new quotations added. He also added an 'Advertisement' after the preface, in which he laments that 'Perfection is unattainable, but nearer and nearer approaches may be made; and finding my Dictionary about to be reprinted, I have endeavoured, by a revisal, to make it less reprehensible'. Fleeman 55.4D/4a (pp. 425-9); Chapman and Hazen p. 138. Bookseller Inventory # 20330

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Item Description: London For J. and P. Knapton, T. Longman, et al. 1747, 1747. First edition, issue with leaf A reset to exclude the Earl of Chesterfield's name on the recto and E1v corrected. 4to, very handsomely bound in an antique binding in fine period style by Riviere and Son, most probably in the early 1900's using proper full mottled calf, the covers with a double gilt ruled frame with round tooled corner-pieces gilt, the spine with two handsome gilt devices and gilt tooled bands, a long brown morocco label handsomely gilt lettered and tooled, very ornate gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers and a.e.g. 34 pp. A truly handsome copy of this scarce work, the text in fine, fresh and clean condition with only a bit of the minor spotting as is always the case, the binding very fine. RARE FIRST EDITION OF THIS HIGHLY IMPORTANT WORK PRECEDING THE ACTUAL PUBLICATION AND PREPARATION OF SAMUEL JOHNSON'S GREAT DICTIONARY. THE GREATEST LEXICOGRAPHICAL ACHIEVEMENT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND A FEAT UNSURPASSED BY ANY ONE INDIVIDUAL UP TO THE PRESENT TIME. Although Johnson had at first been encouraged by Chesterfield's interest, generously allowing that he had "more knowledge than I expected," he later felt he had been neglected, complaining that he had brought the Dictionary "to the verge of publication, without one act of assistance, one word of encouragement, or one smile of favour" (Boswell, Life, I.262). Johnson, in undertaking the vast work of creating his dictionary, set out to perform singlehanded for the English language what the French Academy, a century before, had attempted for French. He hope to produce "a dictionary by which the pronunciation of our language may be fixed, and its attainment facilitated;" and though, of course, no language can be frozen in time, by aiming at fixing the language he succeeded in giving the standard of reputable use. As Noah Webster stated, his work "had, in philology, the effect which Newton's discoveries had in mathematics." "Johnson's achievement marked an epoch in the history of the language. The result of nine years labor, it did more than any other work before or since towards fixing the language. The preface ranks among Johnson's finest writings. The most amazing, enduring, and endearing one-man feat in the field of lexicography" (Printing and the Mind of Man). Bookseller Inventory # 26918

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Published by A. Millar, T. Longman, J. Dodsley, W. Strahann, J. Rivington, R. Baldwin, L. Hawes & W. Clarke & R. Collins, R. Horsfield, W. Johnston, W. Owen, T. Caslon, B. Law, J. Fletcher, Z. Stuart, D. Wilson, T. Becket & P. A. De. Hondt, and W. Nicoll, London (1765)

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Item Description: A. Millar, T. Longman, J. Dodsley, W. Strahann, J. Rivington, R. Baldwin, L. Hawes & W. Clarke & R. Collins, R. Horsfield, W. Johnston, W. Owen, T. Caslon, B. Law, J. Fletcher, Z. Stuart, D. Wilson, T. Becket & P. A. De. Hondt, and W. Nicoll, London, 1765. The Third Edition; In Two Volumes; .To which are prefixed, A History of the Language, and An English Grammar.; Remnants of original cover leather laid over new leathers, gilt spine title on red & black Morocco labels, 6 heavy raised bands, & title page in rubric; A good or good+ tight set with even wear but no glaring defects, note: armorial bookplate inside each front board of Geo. Burrish, also, large ink signature on fep each volume of William H. E. Worship; This set has its own walnut furniture for storage & use (20.5"x17"x21.5") consisting of a lecturn with two drawers, one for each volume; Unpaginated. Size: 10.25"x16". Bookseller Inventory # BGMM17913

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Item Description: W. Strahan for J. and P. Knapton et al: London., 1755. 2 vols in 3. 16 x 9.5, newer full leather, unpag, covers rubbed, extremities bumped and fraying, large dark stain to top right corner of front cover and top of spine of vol 1, newer (20th century) endpapers, ink name of former owner on front flies, ink marginalia scattered throughout, many pp remargined due to heavy staining to foredge margins with some minor loss of text, vols with some intrusive mold stains to foredge margin of text block, second volume title page heavily chipped and remargined; still, a usable copy of the FIRST ED, first state with "Bacon's Natural History" under the definition of "Part" (#7). Text has been divided into A- E, F-Q and R-Z with second volume title page inserted at front of volume 2. Bookseller Inventory # 99-2364

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Item Description: W. Strahan for J. And P. Knapton, London, 1755. Full Leather. Book Condition: Good +. First Edition. The eponymous book. By virtue of the massive work involved in achieving this classic of the philogical world, Samuel Johnson became synonymous with his creation -- he became Dictionary Johnson. The title-pages are printed in red and black. [Courtney & Smith, p 54; PMM 201; Rothschild 1237]. The title leaf of vol. 1 is trimmed, and backed by paper; the first leaf of the Preface is repaired, and the chip at the lower right corner has about 20 words replaced in holograph. Both volumes are fully rebound in full dark leather, five raised bands, with the original contrasting morocco labels ( note: marked in gilt titles as "First Edition" ] in their proper position (altho scratched). Size: Folios. Bookseller Inventory # 005901

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A Dictionary of the English Language: In: Johnson, Samuel

Item Description: 1755. Book Condition: Good. 2 vols. London: Printed by W.Strahan, For J.and P.Knapton; T.and T.Longman; C.Hitch and L.Hawes; A.Millar; and R.and J.Dodsley, 1755. The First Edition. Unpaginated. 3/4 maroon morocco with cloth boards. Raised bands with gilt title to spines. T.e.g. New e.p. Text in 2 column. Title page in red and black. From the library of Tsuneari Fukuda with his stamp on title page and the first page of the dictionary. Boards and spine somewhat rubbed. Fore and bottom edge foxing. Title page of each vol.sl.stained. Pencil paginate notation. Some pencil notations to vol.I. The last page of vol.I spotted. 905-916pp.(TIM-TOR) of vol.II missing (supplement with phtocopied pages). 41.5x25.5cm. Bookseller Inventory # aj1116-102400

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Published by London, Printed by W. Strahan, For A. Millar, T. Longman, J. Dodsley, W. Strahan, J. Rivington, [-] MDCCLXV. (1765) (By Samuel Johnson, A.M. In Two Volumes. The Third Edition.) (1765)

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Item Description: London, Printed by W. Strahan, For A. Millar, T. Longman, J. Dodsley, W. Strahan, J. Rivington, [-] MDCCLXV. (1765) (By Samuel Johnson, A.M. In Two Volumes. The Third Edition.), 1765. Two volumes; folio, size of bindings: 10 5/8 in. x 16 7/8 in. x 3 ½ in. (thick); page size: 16 9/16 in. x 9 12/16 in.; both titlepages printed in red and black, first volume is lacking the front blank; Volume 1: 2M + Volume 2: 21X, both show an internal crease to the paper, without loss of printed text. Rebound in full, tan, polished calf; spines with six raised bands, and red and black morocco leather title labels, gilt-lettered: JOHNSON’S DICTIONARY / A—K VOL. I + L—Z VOL. II, with decoration in simple, gilt bands across the spine and on the raised bands. Original, red-sprinkled edges have not been trimmed down, new flyleaves of antique-style paper have been added. In a brown buckram-covered slipcase, with felt lining, and brown silk pulls (the pull for Volume 1, is missing). Slipcase shows some edge wear, with loosening to central dividing panel. Modern bookplates on front paste-downs of both volumes, and small, inked numbers in upper right corners of facing (new) endpapers. Top of spine shows some of the leather chipped away, with a ½ in. vertical split to the leather on the lower spine of Volume 1, some small splits to the spine ends in both volumes, cover corners show light wear, light abrasion to front cover of Volume 1. The lower edge of Volume 1 shows an ink stain, with a few tiny ink stains to fore-edges. Blank leaves show tanning. A few lower page corners show creases, despite these few age-related defects, this is generally a finer and cleaner copy than is ordinarily available. Weight: 30 lbs. Postage is exta on this item. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-504735510

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