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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 B.A. 1839 and his M.A. 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). Ownership inscription of the British Labour leader and bibliophile Michael Foot (1913-2010) on endpapers of both volumes. Alston V 177; Courtney and Smith p. 54; Chapman & Hazen p. 137; Fleeman 55.4D/1a; PMM 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: 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

Published by Printed for W. Strahan for J. and P. Knapton, London (1755)

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

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Item Description: London Printed for W. Strahan for J. and P. Knapton; T. and T. Longman; C. Hitch and L. Hawes; A. Millar; and R. and J. Dodsley, 1755. Two volumes, folio, title pages printed in red and black, woodcut tailpieces, contemporary calf gilt, neat tiny restoration to joints, small repair to inner blank margin of first title, a fine example. A fine example of the first edition of the most famous English dictionary, praised by Adam Smith: 'The work of a single person and composed in a period of time very inconsiderable when compared with the extent of the work'. In the 1740s "a group of booksellers headed by Robert Dodsley perceived the need for a new English dictionary to replace the Dictionarium Britannicum of Nathan Bailey (1730). They found a receptive ear in Johnson, who had pondered for many years on the absence of an English equivalent to the great continental glossaries sponsored by public bodies and academies. What was envisaged was something quite different, a commercial venture financed by a consortium of leading figures in the trade, and one which would be compiled essentially by a single hand—that of a poverty-stricken journalist and pamphleteer, who had dropped out of university and who had never left England. Johnson prepared a short prospectus for the undertaking, and then signed a contract on 18 June 1746. The compiler was to be paid 1500 guineas, out of which he had to defray the cost of his copyists, and delivery was due in three years. It seems miraculous today that the job took as few as nine years to complete. For this task, the Johnsons took a substantial house in Gough Square, the garret was fitted out as workroom for the staff, which amounted to five or six assistants, most of them Scots. Johnson used an interleaved copy of Bailey's dictionary in its 1736 edition; he also consulted a wide range of technical and specialist manuals to expand the range of vocabulary. He sought out illustrative quotations in a huge collection of books, from which his amanuenses transcribed marked extracts. Before the mammoth work was completed, a number of distractions held up its progress. Johnson quarrelled with his intended patron, the earl of Chesterfield, to whom he had dedicated a recast version of the prospectus as The Plan of the English Dictionary (1747). Ultimately the work appeared in two folio volumes on 15 April 1755, garnished with preliminary matter including a preface of extraordinary dignity and eloquence. The Dictionary left an immense mark on its age. It soon became recognized as a work of classical standing, and in spite of some minor blemishes it has never lost its historical importance as the first great endeavour of its kind. Notable above all for definitions of pith and occasional wit, the dictionary was even more original in the way in which every word, as Johnson put it, had its history. Each entry is organized under the headword to exemplify graduated senses of a term, a procedure which redirected the course of English lexicography. Further, the quotations used to exemplify the usage of a given word combined to form an anthology of moral sayings and helped to define the canon of literature: they show Johnson's taste and piety, for he would not admit extracts from irreligious writers such as Hobbes, Bolingbroke, and Hume. Notoriously, a handful of entries display some of the author's prejudices, as when he glossed 'whig' as 'the name of a faction', or when he defined a 'patron' as 'commonly a wretch who supports with insolence, and is paid with flattery'. Conscious that his primary role was to record the state of English vocabulary, rather than to legislate for its usage, Johnson registered the entire sweep of words from the crude and demotic to the most rarefied scientific terms and to recent fanciful forms imported from other languages." (ODNB). Fleeman 55.4D/1a; PMM 201; Rothschild 1240. Bookseller Inventory # 90723

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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, 1755. FIRST EDITION, 2 vols., title-pages printed in red and black, smallish (?wax) stain in last leaf of the preliminaries, a few leaves a little browned, crease in 29F2 (no loss), and a small circular ink spot (possibly meaningful) on 29S2v, a couple of contemporary notes on sources added in margins, folio, contemporary calf, double gilt fillets on sides, stoutly and skilfully rebacked, repairs to corners, contemporary ownership inscription on flyleaf of both vols. of Champion Branfill, engraved armorial bookplate of Joseph Cator (overlaying another), the letters of the alphabet ranged diagonally on the fore-edges in ink, very good A very good copy of ‘the most amazing, enduring and endearing one-man feat of lexicography . The preface ranks among Johnson’s finest writings; the history and the grammar, which did not interest him in the least, are dull . 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 . 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 . Johnson’s book may still be consulted for instruction as well as pleasure’ (PMM).The ink spot on 29S2v is lined up with a quotation from L’Estrange: ‘’Tis highly imprudent in the greatest men, unnecessarily to provoke the meanest.’ (Fleeman 55.4D/1a; Alston V, 177; PMM 201; Rothschild 1240). Bookseller Inventory # 56680

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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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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; PMM 201; Rothschild 1237. Bookseller Inventory # 87242

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SAMUEL JOHNSON, '',D.

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Item Description: 1785. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. No Jacket. 7TH EDITION: 1785. BOOKS AGE: 230 YEARS OLD. DICTIONARY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE IN WHICH THE WORDS ARE DEDUCED FROM THEIR ORIGINAL AND ILLUSTRATED IN THEIR DIFFERENT SIGNIFICATIONS BY EXAMPLES FROM THE BEFT WRITERS TO WHICH ARE PREFIXED. A HISTORY OF THE LANGUAGE AND AN ENGLISH GRAMMER. CONDITION: FINE. AGE TANNED THROUGHOUT,BINDING INTACT.SPINE CHIPPED AT BASE AND TOP. BOOKSELLER INV:WRY86JED. Bookseller Inventory # WRY86JED

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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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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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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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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. 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

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. 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: 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, 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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JOHNSON, Samuel.

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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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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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Johnson, Samuel

Published by W. Strahan for J. And P. Knapton, London (1755)

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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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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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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. 10.25"x16". 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. Bookseller Inventory # BGMM17913

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Johnson, Samuel.

Published by W. Strahan for J. and P. Knapton et al: London. (1755)

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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: 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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Johnson, Samuel.

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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Johnson, Samuel.

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Item Description: London 1765. 17x11", old rebacked calf with leather labels, unpaged, covers heavily chipped with some peeled leather, text occasionally browned or foxed, hinges beginning to crack, few leaves with marginal tears or chips, few leaves with ink brush marks, last page of vol. 1 heavily foxed, v. 2 stained to bottom margins of 1/3 of book, leaf with WED has minor paper defect with slight loss, text block of v.2 splitting. 3rd edition. Bookseller Inventory # 95-0803

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Johnson, Samuel, Dr.

Published by W. & A. Strahan [et al.], London (1784)

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Item Description: W. & A. Strahan [et al.], London, 1784. Fifth edition, the last to be issued in Johnson's lifetime; 2 volumes, folio, titles printed in red and black, lexicon in double column; full speckled paneled calf antique, red morocco labels on gilt spines; nice copy in a modern binding. This is the only reprinting of the corrected fourth edition issued in Johnson's lifetime, and it is the last of the two- volume folio editions. One thousand copies were printed. The sixth edition (issued in weekly numbers and in 2 vols. quarto) and the seventh edition (issued in 1 volume folio) were issued in 1785 immediately following Johnson's death to compete with rival editions from James Harrison and James Fielding (see Reddick, The Making of Johnson's Dictionary, pp. 173- 176). Alston V, 181; Courtney & Smith, p. 57; Fleeman 55.4D/6; Sledd & Kolb, p. 127. Bookseller Inventory # 31087

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Item Description: London: for W. Strahan, J. F. & C. Rivington, L. Davis, T. Payne & Son, W. Owen, T. Longman, B. Law [& 19 others], 1784, 1784. 2 volumes, folio (425 × 260 mm). Contemporary blue morocco, skilfully rebacked and relined, boards ruled in gilt with a french fillet, fleurons at corners, decorative roll gilt to turn-ins. Bookplates of Admiral Sir Charles Little (1882–1973). Sides a little scuffed in places, a little spotting towards end of vol. II, an excellent copy. Title-pages in red and black. First published in 1755, this is the last lifetime edition (Johnson died in 1784) of one of the most famous books in the English language, the last of the initial sequence of editions in the original folio format. The text is that of the fourth edition, Johnson's only major revision of his text, with the unabridged entries and citations of usage by those Johnson considered the best authors. Courtney & Nichol Smith p. 57; PMM 201. Bookseller Inventory # 96405

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Johnson, Samuel

Published by Strahan, Rivinton, Davis, et al., London (1784)

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Item Description: Strahan, Rivinton, Davis, et al., London, 1784. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very good+. Dust Jacket Condition: No dust jacket. Thick, large folio. 2 Volumes. Unpaginated pp. Rebound in period, full calf, with contrasting red morocco title labels. A nice set, and the last edition printed during the author?s lifetime. Fifth edition. Bookseller Inventory # 41503

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Item Description: Printed by W. Strahan, London, 1765. 2 vols. Folio, old full calf, gilt spines The Third Edition. Small marginal wormhole affects the last few leaves of Vol. II; contents otherwise very nice. Rubbed at corners and edges of boards; three of the four gilt-lettered spine labels absent; shallow chipping at extremities of spines and cracked at joints. Signature of the first owner, Martin Brimmer (father of a Boston mayor) at the head of each title page. Bookseller Inventory # 59894

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JOHNSON, Samuel

Published by London Printed for J. and P. Knapton, T. Longman and T. Shewell, C. Hitch. (1747)

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Item Description: London Printed for J. and P. Knapton, T. Longman and T. Shewell, C. Hitch., 1747. The Plan for Johnson's Great English Dictionary [JOHNSON, Samuel]. The Plan of a Dictionary of the English Language; Addressed to the Right and Honourable Philip Dormer, Earl of Chesterfield; One of His Majesty's Principal Secretaries of State. London: Printed for J. and P. Knapton, T. Longman and T. Shewell, C. Hitch, A. Millar, and R. Dodsley, 1747. First edition, second issue with leaf A reset to exclude the Earl of Chesterfield's name on the first page of the dedication and leaf E in corrected state. Quarto (10 x 8 1/4 inches; 252 x 207 mm). [2], 34 pp. Newer quarter red morocco over red cloth. Spine lettered in gilt. Newer endpapers. Edges speckled red. A bit of light soiling and foxing throughout. A small dampstain to the top inner margin of the title-page and following leaf. A tiny pinhole to title-page only affecting the top of a semi-colon. Overall a very good copy. "The description that Johnson wrote for the booksellers and labelled 'A Short Scheme for compiling a new Dictionary of the English Language' became the first draft of The Plan of A Dictionary of the English Language, published in August 1747.The principal changes Johnson made in transforming the 'Scheme' into a published Plan appear to be intended to address aspects of a larger concern:the nature and imposition of the lexicographer's authority for linguistic decisions. The most obvious example of this preoccupation is the insertion of several direct differential references to Lord Chesterfield, to whom the Plan, unlike the 'Scheme,' is addressed.The Plan published in early August 1747, reveals several alterations and insertions made by Johnson which relate explicitly to Chesterfield and his apparent belief of desires for the language and an English dictionary." (The Making of Johnson's Dictionary 1746-1773, Allen Reddick, pg 17-19) "In 1746, a consortium of London publishers led by Robert Dodsley, recognizing a sizable market for a comprehensive dictionary of English, approached Johnson to undertake such a project. They knew it would be a lengthy and expensive endeavor, although they as yet had no idea just how lengthy and expensive it would be. They first asked Johnson to draw up a preliminary outline of the project. After Johnson made revisions to the first draft, a second draft was shown to Philip Stanhope, Earl of Chesterfield (1694-1773), who offered a handful of suggested revisions as well. Widely regarded as an authority on linguistic matters, Chesterfield's endorsement was seen as key to the marketability of the dictionary, and indeed both the second draft and the published version are addressed to him directly." (Harvard; Hyde Collection of Dr. Samuel Johnson). "The scheme of the Dictionary was first mentioned to Johnson by Robert Dodsley, on whose suggestion the Plan was addressed to Lord Chesterfield. It apparently passed through several hands before reaching Lord Chesterfield. Mr. Croker had seen the draft which contained the remarks of his lordship and of another person: 'Johnson adopted all these suggestions.' The price stipulated was £1,575, but Johnson received £100 and upwards more than his due. Johnson, in a conversation with Boswell (March 1772), mentioned that on the publication of the Plan 'Lord Chesterfield told me that the word great should be pronounced so as to rhyme to state; and Sir William Yonge sent me word that it should be pronounced so as to rhyme to seat, and that none but an Irishman would pronounce it grait.' (Boswell, ii. 161). The only person drawn by the Plan into helping Johnson was Zachary Pearce, afterwards Bishop of Rochester, who sent him twenty etymologies." (Courtney & Nichol Smith, p 20) Courtney & Nichol Smith, p 20. Rothschild 1229. HBS 67122. $6,000. Bookseller Inventory # 67122

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Item Description: printed by W. & A. Strahan, London, 1784. Full Leather. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dj. Fifth Edition. Folio - over 12" - 15" tall. 2 volume set in original binding which is showing considerable wear.All pages are in tact and none are loose.Internally nice and clean for its age.Fifth edition of the first standard English dictionary, of which 1,000 copies were printed. The last of the 2-volume folio editions.Very heavy set so please enquiry regarding shipping costs before ordering. Bookseller Inventory # 119642

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