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A DICTIONARY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE IN WHICH - Johnson (Samuel) - 1815. 
- explained in their different meanings and authorized by the names of the writers in whose works they are found. Abstracted from the Folio Edition, by the author. To which is prefixed, a grammar of the English language. In two volumes. Pp. [574+546], mostly printed double column, decorative tailpiece Volume I; early calf, the spines decorated in gilt between raised bands and with gilt lettered red leather title labels (faded and lightly worn), boards lightly worn and with mottled fading, slightly stained, corners worn, the joints tender and spines slightly chipped at extremities; hinges starting, lacking the upper free endpaper both volumes and the lower free endpaper Volume I, some early ink scribbles and blots to pastedowns, heavy inked annotations (dated 1815) to the free endpaper in Volume II, plus inked signature and a couple of faint scribbles to the title page of Volume II, occasional marginalia and a couple of small ink blots, tiny hole to title page Volume I, a couple of short edge splits or tears, a few marginal damp stains, a little light foxing and occasional slight soiling and creasing; printed for J. Knapton & others, London, 1756. First abridged edition. Fleeman 56; Courtney & Smith p. 62. *In this, the first octavo edition, the quotations were omitted, the explanations abridged, and some words left out. A few of the entries were rewritten, and a new Preface was supplied, in which Dr. Johnson explained his reasons for offering 'an abstract or epitome of my former work. The words of this dictionary, as opposed to others, are more diligently collected, more accurately spelled, more faithfully explained, and more authentically ascertained.' [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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