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A Dictionary of the English Language: in Which the Words are Deduced from Their Originals, Explained in Their Different Meanings, and Authorised by the Names of the Writers in Whose Works They are Found. Abstracted from the Folio Edition, by the Author, Samuel Johnson, A.M. to which are Prefixed, a Grammar of the English Language, and the Preface to the Folio Edition. The Whole Improved by the Standard of Pronounciation, Established in the Critical Pronouncing Dictionary of John Walker

Johnson, Samuel; Walker, John

Published by Jacob Johnson & Co., Philadelphia, 1805
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First American edition of Johnson's dictionary, here printed in abridged (but not miniature) form, and based on the London octavos; thick 8vo, pp. xl, [2], unpaginated lexicon in double column; full contemporary calf with red morocco label on spine; the spine hinges are being reinforced with black cloth tape that does not obscure the label; with the tape in place the original binding is sound and the book is quite square and usable. The interior is clean: no writing, no bookplates, etc. The text is clean and unmarked and remarkably free of foxing. Tight and complete. Contains the first appearance in the Western hemisphere of Johnson's famous Preface and Grammar. The entries have been abbreviated, but bear considerable resemblance to the originals, and there are also brief etymologies; sources are cited, but citations are not. The first complete American edition did not appear until the 2 volume quarto edition of Philadelphia, 1818. Miniature editions appeared in Boston and Philadelphia in 1804 under Johnson's name, but the definitions bear no resemblance whatsoever to the originals. See Alston V, p. 37-9: "These [miniature editions] though having Johnson's name on the title-p., really have nothing whatever to do with the full text, but they are entered here since they are generally catalogued under Johnson's name." Shaw & Shoemaker 8705; Vancil, p. 124. A nice, solid and complete copy in original binding. NOT ex-library. Bookseller Inventory # 003803

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Title: A Dictionary of the English Language: in ...

Publisher: Jacob Johnson & Co., Philadelphia

Publication Date: 1805

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Edition: First American Edition

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