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WEBSTER. NOAH.

Published by S. Converse. Printed by Hezekiah Howe, New Haven. 1828 (1828)

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Item Description: S. Converse. Printed by Hezekiah Howe, New Haven. 1828, 1828. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. FIRST EDITION. 2 4to Volumes. (11.8 x 9.2 inches). Portrait frontispiece. With the additions leaf but without the initial advert leaf. Some minor spots to a few leaves but overall a very good, bright and clean, wide margined copy with the fore and lower edges untrimmed. Finely bound in recent period-style binding of full diced Russia. Spines with wide raised bands, each with triple gilt rules. Compartments ruled, decorated and lettered in gilt. Elaborate decorative gilt borders to the boards. Marbled endpapers. A bright and attractive copy of this famous dictionary. --------- First edition of the dictionary that almost at once became, and has remained, the standard English dictionary in the United States; one of 2,500 copies. Webster wanted to stress the political separation from Britain by the cultivation of a distinct American language, and so, under the influence of his friend Benjamin Franklin, turned his attention to "a reformed mode of spelling" and gave many printed American words their distinctive appearance. "The book marked a definite advance in modern lexicography, as it included many non-literary terms and paid great attention to the language actually spoken. Moreover, his definitions of the meanings of words were accurate and concise (Sir James Murray, editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, called him 'a born definer of words') and have for the greater part stood the test of time superbly well. In fact, Webster succeeded in breaking the fetters imposed upon American English by Dr Johnson, to the ultimate benefit of the living languages of both countries" (Printing and the Mind of Man). -------- Grolier, American 36; PMM 291; Skeel 583; Sabin 102335. Bookseller Inventory # 8418

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WEBSTER, Noah.

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Item Description: New York: Published by S. Converse, Printed by Hezekiah Howe, New Haven, 1828, 1828. 2 volumes, quarto (295 × 230 mm). Attractively rebound to style in full diced russia, spines divided into compartments by wide bands, gilt-lettered direct in two compartments, others with gilt centrepieces, covers with wide gilt decorative roll border, marbled endpapers, the fore and lower edges entirely untrimmed. A few minor spots here and there, an excellent copy, handsomely bound, with untrimmed edges. Portrait frontispiece. With the additions leaf but without the initial advert leaf. First edition of the dictionary that almost at once became, and has remained, the standard English dictionary in the United States; one of 2,500 copies. Webster wanted to stress the political separation from Britain by the cultivation of a distinct American language, and so, under the influence of his friend Benjamin Franklin, turned his attention to "a reformed mode of spelling" and gave many printed American words their distinctive appearance. "The book marked a definite advance in modern lexicography, as it included many non-literary terms and paid great attention to the language actually spoken. Moreover, his definitions of the meanings of words were accurate and concise (Sir James Murray, editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, called him 'a born definer of words') and have for the greater part stood the test of time superbly well. In fact, Webster succeeded in breaking the fetters imposed upon American English by Dr Johnson, to the ultimate benefit of the living languages of both countries" (PMM). Grolier, American 36; PMM 291; Skeel 583; Sabin 102335. Bookseller Inventory # 76291

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WEBSTER, NOAH

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Item Description: Published by S. Converse, Printed by Hezekiah Howe, New Haven, New York, 1828. Hardcover. FIRST EDITION. An Unusually Clean, Fresh Copy of Perhaps theAll-Time Greatest Bestseller in America. 289 x 225 mm (11 3/8 x 8 7/8"). Including the terminal leaf (not infrequently missing) of "Additions" in the second volume. Two volumes. FIRST EDITION. Contemporary marbled boards expertly and convincingly rebacked and recornered by Courtland Benson using diced Russia of the period, spines divided into panels by double gilt rules, gilt titling. Engraved frontispiece portrait of the author in volume I. PMM 291; Skeel 583; Grolier "American Books" 36; Sabin 102335. Paper boards a bit chafed, two-inch abrasion to leather on lower board of volume I, but the artfully and cleverly restored retrospective bindings showing no important wear at the same time that they retain their period feel. Two gatherings (only) with significant foxing (frontispiece, title and a few leaves here and there with quite minor foxing), other trivial imperfections, but altogether pleasing internally, the text remarkably fresh and clean. AN ESPECIALLY FINE COPY that looks very attractive on the shelf. Perhaps the all-time greatest American best-seller, Webster's "Dictionary" is one of the most famous and best-loved books ever to originate in the United States. Its publication signified that America had come of age in the linguistic field and had developed its own legitimate variety of English speech. Published in a press run of 2,500 copies, our first edition contains more than 70,000 entries, compiled entirely by Webster himself. According to PMM, the dictionary "marked a definite advance in modern lexicography, as it included many non-literary terms and paid great attention to the language actually spoken. Moreover, [Webster's] definitions of the meaning of words were accurate and concise and have for the greater part stood the test of time superbly well. In fact, Webster succeeded in breaking the fetters imposed upon American English by Dr. Johnson . . . to the ultimate benefit of the living languages of both countries." The book sold rather poorly at first, but its authority was gradually established, and its updated versions have remained a staple of American reference libraries ever since. Noah Webster (1758-1843) was born in West Hartford, Connecticut, and attended Yale University during the period of the Revolutionary War. Trained as a lawyer, he decided to become a schoolteacher and journalist. The first literary fruit of his teaching career was a spelling book published in 1782. Grammatical works followed, and on a visit to Philadelphia, he discussed with Ben Franklin the need for establishing an American standard spelling. Webster published a small "Compendious Dictionary of the English Language" in 1806, an appetizer to his great work, which was in gestation for almost 20 years. These two decades of preparation involved Webster's becoming conversant in no fewer than 26 languages, including Sanskrit, and the fruits of his study can be seen not only in the main body of the dictionary, but also in the 88-page prefatory section in volume I, the most important part of which is the author's dissertation "On the Origin, History and Connection of the Languages of Western Asia and of Europe.". Bookseller Inventory # ST11927

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WEBSTER, Noah (1758-1853)

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Item Description: published by S. Converse, printed by Hezekiah Howe of New Haven, New York, 1828. 2 volumes, quarto. (11 1/8 x 9 inches). Engraved portrait frontispiece of Webster by A.B. Durand after S.F.B. Morse at the front of vol.I, "Additions and Corrections" leaf bound at the end of vol.II. Expertly bound to style in diced russia over contemporary marbled-paper covered boards, spines with semi-raised bands divided into five compartments, ruled on either side of each band, lettered in gilt in the second and fourth compartments, marbled endpapers and edges Provenance: Walter Bowne (1770-1846, mayor of New York City, signatures in each volume) First edition of the most important American dictionary, the "most ambitious publication ever undertaken, up to that time, upon American soil" (Grolier "American 100") and a prize to be cherished by any American who cares about their native tongue. This copy with provenance of a mayor of New York City. Noah Webster, teacher, lawyer and lexicographer, was also "an ardent nationalist and he wanted to stress the political separation from England by the cultivation of a separate American language" (PMM). Starting work on the American Dictionary in 1800, "Webster set a new standard for etymological investigation, and for accuracy of definition ('a born definer of words' - Sir James Murray), and included 70,000 words, as against the 58,000 of any previous dictionary" (Grolier American 100). This dictionary represents the culmination of Webster's indefatigable dedication to providing his country with its first comprehensive modern dictionary. The American Dictionary was printed in an initial edition of just 2500 copies at $20 for the two volumes. The valuable introductory material contains his thesis on the development of languages, and also his philosophical and practical grammar of the English language. Importantly, the present copy includes the "Additions and Corrections" leaf at the end of the second volume, which is sometimes lacking. The Dictionary "at once became, and has remained, the standard English dictionary in the United States. [it also] marked a definite advance in modern lexicography, as it included many non-literary terms and paid attention to the language actually spoken . In fact, Webster succeeded in breaking the fetters imposed upon American English by Dr. [Samuel] Johnson, . to the ultimate benefit of the living languages of both countries" (PMM). This copy with interesting provenance to Walter Bowne, Mayor of New York from 1829-1833. Grolier, American 100 , 36; Printing and the Mind of Man 291; Sabin 102335; Skeel 583. Bookseller Inventory # 25251

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WEBSTER, Noah (1758-1853)

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Item Description: published by S. Converse, printed by Hezekiah Howe of New Haven, New York, 1828. 2 volumes, quarto. (11 1/16 x 9 inches). Engraved portrait frontispiece of Webster by A.B. Durand after S.F.B. Morse at the front of vol.I, "Additions and Corrections" leaf bound at the end of vol.II. Expertly bound to style in half russia over period marbled paper covered boards, spine with raised bands, lettered in the second and fourth compartments. First edition of the most important American dictionary, the "most ambitious publication ever undertaken, up to that time, upon American soil" (Grolier "American 100") and a prize to be cherished by any American who cares about their native tongue. The American Dictionary was printed in an initial edition of just 2500 copies, uncut in boards or full calf, at $20 for the two volumes. Importantly, the present copy includes the "Additions and Corrections" leaf at the end of the second volume, which is sometimes lacking. Webster's best-known work is significant for a string of reasons: according to Printing and the Mind of Man the Dictionary "at once became, and has remained, the standard English dictionary in the United States. [it also] marked a definite advance in modern lexicography, as it included many non-literary terms and paid attention to the language actually spoken . In fact, Webster succeeded in breaking the fetters imposed upon American English by Dr. [Samuel] Johnson, . to the ultimate benefit of the living languages of both countries". To sum up: the American Dictionary was "one of the great contributions towards mass education . [in the United States, placing] correct spelling and usage within the reach of Everyman" (Grolier American 100 ). Noah Webster, teacher, lawyer and lexicographer, was also "an ardent nationalist and he wanted to stress the political separation from England by the cultivation of a separate American language" (PMM). Starting work on the American Dictionary in 1800, "Webster set a new standard for etymological investigation, and for accuracy of definition ('a born definer of words' - Sir James Murray), and included 70,000 words, as against the 58,000 of any previous dictionary." (Grolier American 100). This two-volume quarto dictionary represents the culmination of Webster's indefatigable dedication to providing his country with its first comprehensive modern dictionary. The valuable introductory material contains his thesis on the development of languages, and also his philosophical and practical grammar of the English language. Grolier American 100 36; Printing & the Mind of Man 291; Sabin 102335; Skeel 583. Bookseller Inventory # 27070

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Webster, Noah

Published by S. Converse. Printed by Hezekiah Howe, New Haven, New York (1828)

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Item Description: S. Converse. Printed by Hezekiah Howe, New Haven, New York, 1828. First edition of Webster's greatest dictionary, his magnum opus, and arguably the most popular American book ever published. Only 2500 were printed.Two big quarto volumes, engraved portrait after Samuel F.B. Morse, unpaginated text in triple column (collated complete), the 44 preliminary leaves in vol. I containing Webster's preface on the history of the dictionary, his introductory dissertation "on the origin, history and connection of the languages of western Asia and of Europe," and a grammar, revised and updated from his own of 1807. With the terminal printed "Additions" leaf in Volume II which is never lacking (unless the book is defective), even though many descriptions of the book suggest that it is sometimes lacking; this "Additions" is the second leaf in gathering 116 - the third and fourth leaves in 116 are blank, and are both present in this copy. But without, as usual, the separately printed "Advertisement" leaf (dated Nov. 28, 1828) which is almost always lacking (distinct from the Advertisement appearing on G3 and G4 in the first volume). The November 28 Advertisement, a loose quarto sheet which was separately published and not part of the collation, was ostensibly given by Webster to his subscribers in order that he might 'be permitted to make a few statements and explanations which would have been less appropriate in the body of the work.' Skeel makes no note of this separately printed sheet being exclusive to subscribers' copies. In fact, it was integral in the British edition which appeared in 1831-32.Contemporary full calf, red and black morocco labels; a very good, handsome and sound copy - better than most. "This dictionary, which almost at once became, and has remained, the standard English dictionary in the United States, was the end-product of a stream of spelling books, grammars, readers, and dictionaries which flowed from the pen of the industrious Noah Webster. Webster's great dictionary, all the 70,000 entries of which he wrote with his own hand The book marked a definite advance in modern lexicography, as it included many non-literary terms and paid great attention to the language actually spoken. Moreover, his definitions of the meaning of words were accurate and concise and have for the greater part stood the test of time superbly well" (PMM). Grolier, American 100, 36. Sabin 102335. Skeel 583. Printing & the Mind of Man, 291. Bookseller Inventory # 46111

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WEBSTER, Noah.

Published by Black Young and Young London (1832)

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Item Description: Black Young and Young London, 1832. First U.K. edition. 2 volumes, 4to., contemporary calf gilt, covers with gilt borders, spines in six compartments, red morocco lettering piece in second, tan morocco label to third, others richly gilt, raised bands, marbled edges, lightly rubbed, an excellent set. Bookseller Inventory # 84485

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Webster, Noah

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Item Description: Published by Black, Young, and Young, London, 1832. , 2 uniform volumes, Vol. I. civ, signatures B - 5Z3, Vol. II. [ii], signatures A - 6A2, with text in 3 columns per page First UK Edition , both rebacked and with original spine laid down, corners bumped, some light marks to covers, spines rubbed, contemporary owner's signature on front pastedown [James van Sommer, 1842], internally clean, in very good condition , full diced tan calf with gilt titles on red and green leather spine labels Quarto Hardback ISBN: Bookseller Inventory # 53051

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Webster, Noah

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Item Description: from Sidney's Press for Hudson & Goodwin, Hartford, 1806. First edition of Webster's first dictionary, 12mo, pp. xxiii, [1], 408; full contemporary calf, red morocco label; some scuffing and minor foxing, short crack starting at the top of the upper joint, small chip out from the top of the spine; else a very good, sound copy. Early ownership signature on the flyleaf of "Sarah Gardiner, East Hampton, Long Island," and "John L. Gardiner, 1807 12/-". A Cordell Library duplicate, with its large bookplate."It was no perfunctory abridgement of existing English works, as the few dictionaries hitherto published on this continent had been. Though it was compact, making no pretense to rival Johnson's profusion, it flung down to Johnson's and to every other existing dictionary a challenge on five important counts: spelling (which Webster would reform); pronunciation (which he would guard against capricious change); etymology (in which he effectively showed up Johnson's shortcomings); modernity; and definitions. The first three of these are dealt with in an Introduction by turns brilliant and abstruse, outlining those theories which Webster was later to develop more fully in his great Dictionary of 1828. In the body of the Compendious he included thousands of words which were in daily use but not in any other lexicon. And his definitions, though brief often to the point of synonymy, proved brilliantly his special gifts for accuracy and precision in this, the most important feature in any dictionary" (Noah's Ark, p. 24). Skeel 577; Sabin 102347. Bookseller Inventory # 44390

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Webster, Noah.

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Item Description: from Sidney's Press for Hudson & Goodwin, Hartford, 1806. First edition of Webster's first dictionary, 12mo, pp. xxiii, [1], 408; full contemporary sheep, neatly rebacked, red morocco label; some scuffing and minor foxing, else a very good, sound copy. "It was no perfunctory abridgement of existing English works, as the few dictionaries hitherto published on this continent had been. Though it was compact, making no pretense to rival Johnson's profusion, it flung down to Johnson's and to every other existing dictionary a challenge on five important counts: spelling (which Webster would reform); pronunciation (which he would guard against capricious change); etymology (in which he effectively showed up Johnson's shortcomings); modernity; and definitions. The first three of these are dealt with in an Introduction by turns brilliant and abstruse, outlining those theories which Webster was later to develop more fully in his great Dictionary of 1828. In the body of the Compendious he included thousands of words which were in daily use but not in any other lexicon. And his definitions, though brief often to the point of synonymy, proved brilliantly his special gifts for accuracy and precision in this, the most important feature in any dictionary" (Noah's Ark, p. 24). Skeel 577; Sabin 102347. Bookseller Inventory # 31599

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Item Description: From Sydney's Press for Hudson & Goodwin, Hartford, (CT), 1806. First edition. 12mo. xxiii, (1), 408 pp. "The first fruit of Webster's lexicographical activities was this small work. In its compilation Webster learned the technique of lexicography and tried out some ideas of his own, for example, some 5000 words not included in previous dictionaries. Webster however thought of his first dictionary as only preparatory to a large work, a work upon which he labored steadily for nearly twenty years" (DAB). Sabin 102347: "First edition of the dictionary." American Imprints 11831. Skeel 577: "Price was $1.50; the edition was 7000." Recent period-style calf, leather label and gilt rules on spine. Paper flaw at the corner of one leaf resulting in the loss of a little text; otherwise, a very good copy in an attractive new binding. (1344). Bookseller Inventory # 54701

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Webster, Noah

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Item Description: Sidney's Press for Hudson & Goodwin, Hartford, 1806. Full Leather. Book Condition: Very Good. First Edition. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Hartford: Sidney's Press for Hudson & Goodwin. First edition of Webster's first dictionary. 12mo. Full contemporary sheep, 408 pp. Contemporary owner signatures. Pages tanned, some edgeworn. Corners bent, leather worn and stable. Hinges excellent. Contemporary signature of Alfred Norton opposite title page. Very good. Bookseller Inventory # 014271

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Item Description: George & Charles Merriam, Springfield, 1848. First edition of the first Merriam-Webster dictionary; thick 4to, pp. lxxxiv, 1367; engraved frontis portrait after Samuel F.B. Morse (slightly offset onto title-p.); full original sheep, gilt lettered direct on spine; some rubbing and wear, but sound. Bookseller Inventory # 31188

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Webster, Noah ; revised and enlarged by Chauncey A Goodrich

Published by George and Charles Merriam, Springfield, MA (1848)

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Item Description: George and Charles Merriam, Springfield, MA, 1848. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. Illustrated by Portrait Frontispiece (illustrator). 1st Merriam Edition. Hinges started, 2" head chip, worn. Solid oversize hardcover. Marbled endpapers. ; Inscribed copy for Brown professor of rhetoric and English literature William Gammell from the Merriams! Signed "Prof W Gammell - With the respectful regards of G & C Merriam." Subtitle concludes: . to which is prefixed An Introductory Dissertation on the origin, history, and connection, of the languages of Western Asia and Europe, with an explanation of the principles on which languages are formed. First Merriam Edition of Webster's Dictionary. A scarce association copy of this classic of the American English language forwarded by the Merriams.; 1367 pages; Signed by Associated. Bookseller Inventory # BOOKS000430I

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Item Description: George and Charles Merriam, Springfield, 1848. First edition of the first Merriam-Webster dictionary; thick 4to, pp. lxxxiv, 1367; engraved frontispiece portrait after Samuel F.B. Morse; full original sheep, black morocco spine label mostly perished; the whole quite scuffed and rubbed, preliminaries foxed, modern (1950s) manuscript list of birthdays on rear endpapers; texblock very good and sound. Contemporary ownership inscriptions of Mrs. H. Booth on front free endpaper and frontispiece verso.Vancil, p. 262. Bookseller Inventory # 44550

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Item Description: George and Charles Merriam, Springfield, 1848. First edition of the first Merriam-Webster dictionary; thick 4to, pp. lxxxiv, 1367; engraved frontispiece portrait after Samuel F.B. Morse; full original sheep, lacking spine label; the whole quite scuffed and rubbed, preliminaries foxed with one soil spot; previous ownership signature on front flyleaf has been neatly cut out; texblock very good and sound.Vancil, p. 262. Bookseller Inventory # 44590

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Webster, Noah

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Item Description: George and Charles Merriam, Springfield, MA, 1848. Leather bound. First Merriam Webster Edition. 1367pp. Very thick quarto [27 cm] Brown leather with a black leather spine label. Marbled edges and endsheets. Good. The covers and spine are rubbed and have numerous dark stains. There are a couple of scrapes in the leather of the rear board. The longer scrape measures 2 and 1/2 inches. There is a large loss from the leather at the foot of the spine that measures 2 and 1/4 inches tall by 1 and 1/4 inches wide. The marbled edges are faded. There are five or so very small dark stains on the edges of the text block. The edges of the endsheets are darkened, and the flyleaves are mildly soiled. There is a contemporary owner's name on the front free endsheet. The frontispiece is offset on the surrounding pages. There is a former owner's ink stamp on the front flyleaf. There is a contemporary owner's name, along with a brief notation, on the top edge of the Preface page. This notation is faintly mirrored on the title page. There is another contemporary owner's name in pen on the rear flyleaf that is also offset on surrounding pages. There are stains in the centers of pp. 364-422. The largest and darkest stains are in the middle of this section, and measure 1 and 1/4 inches tall by 1 and 1/4 inches wide. The stains do not obscure the text. Occasional light staining, very small dark stains and foxing on the pages. There are sporadic light moisture stains in the corners and edges of the pages. The larger stains are 3 inches tall by 3 inches wide, and they become slightly darker on the last several pages. The pages are mildly browned. The book is sturdy. Noah Webster strongly believed in developing the cultural independence of the United States, a chief component of which was to be a distinctive American language with its own idiom, pronunciation, and style. Bookseller Inventory # 28223

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Webster, Noah

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Item Description: Sidney's Press, N. Haven:, 1807. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good with no dust jacket. First Edition. School Book; Reference; We fit archival quality clear acrylic covers for additional protection whenever possible. ; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall; v, [1], 306 pages; [Early American Children's Books] A Dictionary of The English Language: Compiled for The Use of Common Schools in The United States. Contemp. Sheep leather, red and gilt morocco spine label; rubbed. Contents good. Some internal spotting, ink signatures on title, light red ink annotation on verso of title, blank end papers frayed, binding solid. American Imprints 14188. Webster had published his first dictionary a year earlier but revised and shortened the text for this subsequent edition to better satisfy the more simple needs of schoolchildren. Graphic of title page, copyright page and endpapers available. The 1806 1st has 408pp. The pagination for the 1807 1st school dictionary is v, [1], 306, quite a bit shorter. ; 0. Bookseller Inventory # 28679

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Webster Noah

Published by Sidney's Press for Hudsom & Goodwin and Increase Cooke, Hartford and New Haven (1806)

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Item Description: Sidney's Press for Hudsom & Goodwin and Increase Cooke, Hartford and New Haven, 1806. Hardcover (Full Leather). First Edition. Rebacked, original leather boards conserved, wear at corners, new marbled endpapers. Title page, copyright page and final text page (407/408) bound in facsimile on sympathetic paper; fragment of final page laid in. Scattered stains and foxing, a few chips and short tears to page edges, occasionally touching a letter or two. A pleasantly restored copy of Webster's first dictionary and prefiguring the characteristics that would make his 1828 dictionary a pillar of the American language. xxiii, (1), 408pp. The print run of the first edition was 7,000. Lowndes 2865, Sabin 102347 Skeel 577. Size: Octavo (8vo). Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 1-2 kilos. Category: Reference; Antiquarian & Rare. Inventory No: 042696. Bookseller Inventory # 042696

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Item Description: George & Charles Merriam, Springfield, MA, USA, 1848. Full Leather. Book Condition: Very Good. First Edition. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Springfield: Merriam, 1848. First edition first printing. An American Dictionary of The English Language; Containing the Whole Vocabulary of the First Edition In Two Volumes Quarto; The Entire Corrections and Improvements of the Second Edition in Two Volumes Royal Octavo; To Which is Prefixed and Introductory Dissertation on the Origin, History, and Connection of the Languages of Western Asia and Europe, with an Explanation of the Principles on which Languages are Formed by Noah Webster, LL.D. Revised and Enlarged by Chauncey A. Goodrich with Pronouncing Vocabularies of Scripture, Classical, and Geographical Names. Thick 4to. pp. lxxxiv, 1367. First edition of the famed Merriam-Webster dictionary. 4to. Full sheep, marble endpapers. Small ownership signature in pencil of Mrs. H. C. Norcross. Frontispiece engraving of Webster, protective tissue. Thin old waterstain to page edges, hinges renewed by master bookbinder, new leather spine labels, minor repairs to spine leather. Corners and edges rubbed. Very good. Bookseller Inventory # 010417

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Webster, Noah

Published by Sidney's Press, New-Haven (1807)

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Item Description: Sidney's Press, New-Haven, 1807. Hardcover. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. First Edition. Rear endpaper out. Covers worn, page edges; 8vo; 306 pages Good browning & pages yellowed. Some waterstains. Ink label darkened. Bookseller Inventory # 19659

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Webster, Noah ; revised and enlarged by Chauncey A Goodrich

Published by George and Charles Merriam, Springfield, MA (1848)

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Item Description: George and Charles Merriam, Springfield, MA, 1848. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good-. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. Illustrated by Portrait Frontispiece (illustrator). 1st Merriam Ed. Foxing, 2" head chip, rubbed. Solid copy. First Merriam Edition of Webster's Dictionary. Original full leather binding, six compartment spine, spine label, and marbled endpapers. Uncommon in solid, original binding, neither needing repair nor having been repaired. Subtitled: Containing the whole vocabulary of the First Edition in two volumes quarto; the entire corrections and improvements of the Second Edition in two volumes royal octavo; to which is prefixed An Introductory Dissertation on the origin, history, and connection, of the languages of Western Asia and Europe, with an explanation of the principles on which languages are formed.; 1367 pages. Bookseller Inventory # BOOKS001919I

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Johnson, Samuel; Noah Webster & David Littlejohn.

Published by The Book Club of California San Francisco 1971. Publication Number 139; 500 copies of this book printed by Grabhorn-Hoyem. (1971)

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Item Description: The Book Club of California San Francisco 1971. Publication Number 139; 500 copies of this book printed by Grabhorn-Hoyem., 1971. "Illustrated with a matched pair of original leaves from A Dictionary of the English Language by Samuel John, A.M. (1755) and An American Dictionary of the English Language by Noah Webster, LL.D. (1828)". Size of binding: 10 ¼ in. x 12 ¾ in., titlepage, colophon page, dedication page; followed by quote in black letter, from Genesis XI, 1-9; typographic page with definitions of “babble” from Johnson & Webster, with reproduction of a woodcut of the Tower of Babel; followed by a quotation from J.-L. Borges “The Library of Babel”: pp. [1-8], [9]-84 + printed title + 2 original leaves from the first editions [1755 & 1828] of both dictionaries; illustrated with reproductions of titlepages, prints, etc. Webster page (9 ½ in. x 12 in.): Penniless-Pentameter; [reverse is]: Pentameter-Peppermint. The page shows age-related tanning, spotting. Johnson page (9 ½ in. x 16 ¼ in.): Penetrability-Pennached; [reverse is]: Pennant-Pentachord. Some worming to the top margin of page, not affecting the text, some light spotting, the page has been folded, and the lower left-hand corner is also folded, so this folio size page fits into the book. Both pages define the word penniless. Dark blue cloth spine and sides with a red leather title label mounted on the spine and gilt-lettered: JOHNSON-WEBSTER, with gilt border; lighter blue, textured paper over boards, with gilt design along the edge of the paper at the cloth, on both covers. Spine label shows a chip, light fading to cover edges; former owner’s rubber-stamped book label on front paste-down. Near fine/. Weight: 1 ¾ lbs. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-504753848

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Johnson, Samuel; Noah Webster & David Littlejohn.

Published by The Book Club of California San Francisco. Publication Number 139; 500 copies of this book printed by Grabhorn-Hoyem. (1971)

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Item Description: The Book Club of California San Francisco. Publication Number 139; 500 copies of this book printed by Grabhorn-Hoyem., 1971. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. No Jacket. 1st Edition. "Illustrated with a matched pair of original leaves from A Dictionary of the English Language by Samuel John, A.M. (1755) and An American Dictionary of the English Language by Noah Webster, LL.D. (1828)". Size of binding: 10 ¼ inches x 12 ¾ in., title-page, colophon page, dedication page; followed by quote in black letter, from Genesis XI, 1-9; typographic page with definitions of "babble" from Johnson & Webster, with reproduction of a woodcut of the Tower of Babel; followed by a quotation from J.-L. Borges "The Library of Babel": pp. [1-8], [9]-84 + printed title + 2 original leaves from the first editions [1755 & 1828] of both dictionaries; illustrated with reproductions of titlepages, prints, etc. Webster page (9 ½ in. x 12 in.): Shirt-Shoe; [reverse is]: Shoe-Shore. The page shows age-related tanning, spotting. Johnson page (9 ½ in. x 16 ¼ in.): Shivery-Shoemaker; [reverse is]: Shog-Shoot. Some light spotting, the page has been folded, and the lower left-hand corner is also folded, so this folio size page fits into the book, this area shows a crease and a small tear to the page. Both pages define the word: shoe. Dark blue cloth spine and sides with a red leather title label mounted on the spine and gilt-lettered: JOHNSON-WEBSTER, with gilt border; lighter blue, textured paper over boards, with gilt design along the edge of the paper at the cloth, on both covers. With the bookplate of: Ben D. Zevin, Cleveland From his Library of Books about Books, on the front paste-down; he was the President of Cleveland, Ohio based World Publishing, publishers of dictionaries, of which Ben Zevin, once had a large personal collection. A small indentation to the upper margins of the front flyleaves and titlepage. Weight: 1 ¾ lbs. Bookseller Inventory # F-241

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Webster, Noah

Published by F. J. Huntington and Co., New York (1838)

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Item Description: F. J. Huntington and Co., New York, 1838. Full Leather. Book Condition: Good. Early. 24mo - over 5" - 5¾" tall. Early edition, copyright 1833. Full leather binding, gold titles, four compartments defined. 341 pp. followed by 2 pages of reviews. Children's writing in pencil on endpapers and title. Spine faded, boards chipped top and bottom of spine with 1/8" loss of material. Boards quite rubbed, corner of front board stained, light stain to corner of title (no other pages affected). Lacking front endpaper. Light to moderate foxing. Good condition. Bookseller Inventory # 004368

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Littlejohn, David.

Published by Book Club of California,, San Francisco: (1971)

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Item Description: Book Club of California,, San Francisco:, 1971. Illustrated with a matched pair (w-x) of original leaves from A Dictionary of the English Language by Samuel Johnson (1755) and An American Dictionary of the English Language by Noah Webster (1828). (illustrator). First edition, one of 500 copies printed by Grabhorn-Hoyem. Blue cloth backed pale blue boards. Slight toning to edges of boards, front board very slight bowed, else fine in custom mylar cover. Prospectus laid in. Bookseller Inventory # Embry 137654

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Item Description: Very Good; Hardcover; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; American Book Company; First Edition; 1884; Condensed dictionary, derived from Webster's Unabridged Dictionary. Over 1500 illustrations. 794 pages. bound in dark green cloth with red & black stamped design, gilt lettering; marbled edges. Probable first edition, as 1884 is the first date for this publication in any worldcat holdings. Square binding, solid, but cords visible at preface page. Clean cover, slightly darkened cloth; gilt very bright and intact. Minor scuffing and a spot or two of discoloration. Light to moderate wear to extremities -- ends of spine show minor fraying; very tips of corners softened. Interior clean, bright, free of names or markings. Endpapers toned & lightly soiled; internals show light toning on margins, light scattered foxing. Bookseller Inventory # 27123

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Webster, Noah LL. D.

Published by The World Syndicate Publishing Company, Cleveland, O. New York, N. Y. USA (1937)

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Item Description: The World Syndicate Publishing Company, Cleveland, O. New York, N. Y. USA, 1937. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Thus. Compl;ete two volumes set, 2024 pages in two volumes ( continuous pages numeration ) plus maps at the rear of volume two. Black and white illustrations. Clean, unmarked pages, tight binding. Pastedowns and end papers on volumer two have age tonning ( brownish toning developed ), beside that strong very good text blocks and interiors. ---- Yellow cloth boards and spines, decorative patterns on front boards and spines. Hint of shelf rubbing on extremities of binding, quite mild considering age of this set. ---- Suprisingly very good ppreserved two v olumes set considering age and rarity of it Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12". Bookseller Inventory # 030804

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Webster, Noah

Published by George and Charles Merriam, Springfield (1848)

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Item Description: George and Charles Merriam, Springfield, 1848. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fair with no dust jacket. Reference; frontis; (4to) 10 1/4x8,; lxxxiv, lxxxiv, 13671367 pages; The first Meriam-Webster dictionary, Revised and Enlarged by Chauncey A. Goodrich. Leather, front cover detached, back cover lacking, generally light foxing, dusty. Complete, binding solid. Portrait frontispiece. The first edition of the Merriam-Webster dictionary. Noah Webster published his "Compendious Dictionary of the English Language" in 1806, the forerunner of his 1828 "American Dictionary of the English Language," which grew from 38,000 to 70,000 words in the 1840 revision. The present edition begins the long-running Merriam-Webster brand, which remains the standard American dictionary. The definition of "golf" makes reference to "Strutt" (Sports and Pastimes of the People of England). Contents generally Good. Provenance- William Nixon III. ; 11. Bookseller Inventory # 32115

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Item Description: George and Charles Merriam, Springfield, 1861. Pictorial. Noah Webster; Chauncey A Goodrich; Noah Porter. 1861 Rev. and enlarged.,1512 pp. in speckled leather cover with six (6) panel dark back strip. Two (2) with contrasting dark coloreds with gold stamp reading Webster's Dictionary -- Unabridged - Pictorial Edition --1500 Illustrations. Marbled paper edge and fore edge. Offset on title page from engraving; tissue guard in place. 1512 pp. Contents include Memoir of Dr. Webster, Introduction, Pictorial illustrations 980 pp.) Table of Synonym, Orthography of Dr. Webster, Alphabets - Hebrew and Chaldee, Arabic, Syriac, Ethiopian, Directions and Explanations. This is followed by An American Dictionary of the English Language, the Appices and tables. 8" x 101 1/2". Additional postage will be added packaged weight 9lbs. Light cover wear, offset from frontispiece engraving on title page. Bookseller Inventory # 011345

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