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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: 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 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'. "Dr. Johnson performed with his Dictionary the most amazing, enduring and endearing one-man feat in the field of lexicography . 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" (PMM). Fleeman 55.4D/1a; PMM 201; Rothschild 1240. Bookseller Inventory # 90723

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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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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.

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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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 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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Johnson, Samuel

Published by 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 (1755)

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Item Description: 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, 1755. 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 First edition. 2 vols., Folio (407 x 248 mm.). Title pages printed in red and black. Text printed in two columns. 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. 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. Bookseller Inventory # 247043

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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.

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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: 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.

Published by Printed by W. Strachan for J. & P. Knapton., London. (1755)

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Item Description: Printed by W. Strachan for J. & P. Knapton., London., 1755. 2 vols. Folio. (410 x 260 mm). Printed titles in red and black to each vol., five leaves with Johnson's Preface, 14 leaves with 'The History of the English Language', 7 leaves with 'A Grammar of the English Language' and 'A General Dictionary of the English Language', letters A - K inclusive (vol. I) and L to Z inclusive (vol. II), five-line initial to begin each letter entry, woodcut tail-pieces throughout. (Sheet size: 398 x 250 mm). Full contemporary calf, boards ruled in black with additional blindstamp decoration, rebacked in later calf, banded spine with gilt rules and blindstamp decoration and red and green morocco title labels in six compartments, marbled endpapers, sprinkled edges. The first edition of Samuel Johnson's magnum opus, his great dictionary of the English language. The first proper dictionary of the English language and certainly the most important was published on June 14th 1755 in an edition of 2,000 copies. Unlike many other such lexicographical works, Johnson's was the fruit of his labours alone and stands as a testament to his learning, genius and indefatigability. 'Dr Johnson performed with his Dictionary the most amazing, enduring and endearing one-man feat in the field of lexicography . it took Johnson less than ten years from writing his first prospectus to publication day, 14 June 1755, when the two folios went on sale at £4.10s. . 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 hte 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 . and he adduced extensive and apt illustrations from a wide range of authors.' (Printing and the Mind of Man). '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; . This insistence on real examples from the real language has informed every serious dictionary ever since.' (The Garden Collection). [PMM 201]. Bookseller Inventory # 43663

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Johnson Samuel

Published by London by W. Strahan 1765 (1765)

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Item Description: London by W. Strahan 1765, 1765. 2 volumes. The Third Edition. Royal folio, beautifully presented in full contemporary calf with panels richly gilt within compartments of the spine, black and russet morocco lettering labels gilt decorated, the covers with roll tooling in blind at the borders, endleaves marbled. A very clean, very handsome and attractive copy, crisp and unpressed and in original state, the binding rejointed at some time preserving all original materials. RARE AND HIGHLY IMPORTANT, A FINE COPY IN RARE CONTEMPORARY BINDING OF ONE OF THE EARLIEST FOLIO PRINTINGS OF SAMUEL JOHNSON’S MASTERWORK. THIS PRESSING WITHIN TEN YEARS OF THE FIRST. "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 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 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 # 20675

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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, 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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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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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 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, Dr.

Published by printed by W. Strahan for A. Millar [et al.], London (1765)

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Item Description: printed by W. Strahan for A. Millar [et al.], London, 1765. "Third edition, folio, titles printed in red and black; recent quarter brown calf antique, red and green morocco labels on spines; title page of volume I neatly reinserted and a little ragged along the top edge, endpapers renewed at the front of volume I, occasional spotting; otherwise a nice set in a handsome binding. "The second folio edition, which began to appear serially soon after the first in the summer of 1755, shows that Johnson almost certainly revised his Preface for that edition, though probably not the wordlist itself. In the editions of the abridgement of the Dictionary, the first of which appeared in 1756, Johnson made slight alterations to his text, usually in response to published criticisms. The 1778 sixth abridged edition was advertised as "corrected by the author," and, indeed, it exhibits many authorial changes. The third edition of the unabridged folio, published in 1765, shows signs of slight authorial changes, partly in response to criticism. The fourth edition, published in 1773, represents a large and thorough revision" (Reddick, The Making of Johnson's Dictionary, p. 7)."1,024 copies were printed in May, 1765 This edition was published to coincide with Johnson's edition of Shakespeare which appeared in October 1765, and for which it supplied a good deal of glossarial matter" (Fleemen). Alston V, 179; Courtney, p. 55; Fleeman 55.4D/3; Sledd & Kolb, pp. 111-113.". Bookseller Inventory # 45899

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Johnson, Samuel.

ISBN 10: 0521557658 ISBN 13: 9780521557658

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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. & 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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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: hardcover. Book Condition: very good. Printed for J Johnson, et al, London, 1806; Ninth Edition, Corrected and Revised; Near fine condition in both volumes; bound in full leather; spines on both volumes have been expertly re-backed, with original front and rear covers fully fuctioning; a beautiful set; Samuel Johnson, Fine Bindings. Bookseller Inventory # 1403

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Item Description: London, for Harrison and Co. 1786, 1786. Large folio (425 × 266 mm). Contemporary tree calf, sides with gilt roll border, skilfully rebacked to style. Bookplate of Henry Eustatius Strickland (1777–1865). Frontispiece slightly foxed, light offsetting on title, occasional scattered light foxing elsewhere, but an excellent copy. Engraved portrait of Johnson by Heath after Opie as frontispiece, title in red and black. First Harrison edition. James Harrison was one of a number of Harrisons with premises in Paternoster Row and nearby. His edition has his own prefatory life of Johnson, the original full text of the 1755 first edition "printed verbatim, without the hosts of typographical inaccuracies multiplied in subsequent impressions", and "the boasted additional words" printed in a three-page Supplement at the end. Courtney & Nichol Smith, pp. 57–8. Bookseller Inventory # 33309

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Johnson Samuel

Published by Printed for W. Strahan, for W. Strahan, J. & F. Rivington, Etc, London (1773)

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Item Description: Printed for W. Strahan, for W. Strahan, J. & F. Rivington, Etc, London, 1773. Full Calf. Book Condition: Very Good. Fourth Edition. Complete in 2 volumes. Books measure 17 x 10 1/2 inches. This edition revised by Johnson. 1250 copies were printed? Titles printed in red & black,signatures complete, ( A1-D31), 8 leaves torn along margin with loss of lettering or word. pages torn are ff, 7x, 9e, 12h, 21i, 24e, 24ff. Rebacked, ( not recently ) retaining the original boards, raised bands, leather title label. Boards scuffed, but refurbished. Both bindings in very good clean firm condition. Internally, gutter margin showing in a couple of places, text bloch solid. Pages in very good clean condition. A very nice solid copy. Size: Folio - over 12" - 15" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 095635

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Item Description: Philadelphia Moses Thomas, 1818. First Complete American Edition of "A Dictionary of the English Language" 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: together with a history of the language, and an English grammar. First American, From the Eleventh London Edition.To Which are Added, Walker's Principles of the English Pronunciation. Philadelphia: Moses Thomas, 1818. First complete American edition. Two thick quarto volumes. (Measures 10 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches). Complete with half-titles and the engraved frontispiece portrait of Johnson after Reynolds. Vol I: [124] & unpaginated lexicon in triple column, collating [*1-*2] & b1-d2, elr2, A1-6X4; vol. II: [4] & unpaginated lexicon, collating [1*-*2] & B1-7D4, pp. Original full brown calf, red and black morocco labels on spine, gilt-stamped. Some worming to last few pages in vol. II on top margin, affecting a couple headline letters, also some dampstaining to last few pages on inside margin, extremities rubbed, some cracking to rear outer hinge but still very sound. A very good and rare copy in the original binding. Heavily abridged versions in miniature format had appeared in America as early as 1804, but bear no resemblance to Johnson's incomparable original. Courtney & Nichol Smith, pp. 58-60; Shaw & Shomaker 44473; Alston V. HBS 67202. $4,500. Bookseller Inventory # 67202

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