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DICTIONARY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE by  Samuel Johnson - First Edition - 1755 - from THE FINE BOOKS COMPANY (SKU: 12998)

DICTIONARY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

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DICTIONARY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

by Johnson, Samuel

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DICTIONARY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE in Which the Words are deduced from their Originals To Which are Prefixed a History of the Language and An English Grammar, London, W. Strahan for J. and P. Knapton, 1755, first edition, two volumes, large folio (16 -1/2 x 10 -1/4 inches; 412 x 254 mm.), unpaginated. Text in double columns with title-pages printed in red and black along with decorative woodcut tail-pieces. 1/2,000 copies. A most handsome rebound copy in full leather with raised spines and with professional repair to the fore edge corner tips as needed. The title page of volume 2 has been relaid down to promote the loss of the original bottom inch and the first page of text of this volume exhibits some modest wrinkling. All in all, a sumptuous copy with virtually no staining nor foxing and bright brilliant text. A Printing and the Mind of Man title.

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Surprising, colorful, and long-forgotten entries from the most famous dictionary in the history of the English language Samuel Johnson's best-known work, A Dictionary of the English Language (1755), is the most influential and idiosyncratic lexicon ever written and was used by Jane Austen and Charles Dickens, the Brontës and the Brownings, Thomas Hardy and Oscar Wilde. This anthology includes 4,000 of the most representative, entertaining, and historically fascinating entries, covering subjects from fashion to food, science to sex, and given in full with original spelling and examples of usage from Shakespeare to Milton.

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Bookseller’s Inventory #
12998
Title
DICTIONARY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
Author
Johnson, Samuel
Book condition
second hand
Edition
First Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
W. Strahan for J. and P. Knapton
Date Published
1755
Keywords
first editions
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