Large folio, engraved frontispiece, pp. xviii plus unpaginated lexicon in double column, 12 engraved plates (on 11 sheets); full contemporary calf, front joint cracked, extremities rubbed, spine ends chipped level with text block; nice enough copy, unrestored. First printed in 1755, the year of the first edition of Johnson, the so-called Scott-Bailey was published to recapture its waning influence in the dictionary market. Philip B. Gove, in Notes on Serialization and Competitive Publishing: Johnson's and Bailey's Dictionaries, 1755, Oxford Bib. Soc., 1955 notes: "The attempt of the Bailey proprietors to enter a folio to rival Johnson's great Dictionary remained alive through 1772, three years after Scott's death. The dates of the new title-pages, 1764 and 1772, precede respectively by one year those of the third and fourth editions of Johnson." See Starnes & Noyes, chapt. XXII for a full treatment; Alston V, 175: "The revisions and additions are extensive enough to warrent this being regarded as a new work.". Bookseller Inventory #
Title: A new universal etymological English ...
Publisher: printed for T. Osborne [et al.]
Publication Date: 1764
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