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1755 A Dictionary of the English Language Samuel Johnson 2 Volumes 1st Edition
1775. Tight binding, clean pages, no writing, no bookplates. All pages are fully intact. Typical age toning. Full leather binding (has been rebound). Gold gilt lettering and decoration on spines and boards. Original endpapers. Raised banded spines (hubbed). Third page of Preface has some light damage (see picture #7). A Dictionary of the English Language In which The Words are deduced from their originals and illustrated in their different significations by examples from the best writers to which are prefixed, A History of the Language, and An English Grammar By Samuel Johnson In Two Volumes, First Editions Published in 1775 Published by J. and P. Knapton; Printed by W. Strahan 2 Leather Hardback Volumes "The most amazing and endearing one-man feat in the field of lexicography". Johnson's dictionary is one of the most famous reference works in history. "This dictionary took just over eight years to compile, required six helpers and listed 40,000 words. Johnson illustrated the meanings of his 40,000 definitions with more than 100,000 quotations drawn from the time of Shakespeare until Johnson's own time." Of note is the Preface in Volume I which stands as one of the most noble and moving passages in English Prose. Features: Beautiful full leather binding (has been rebound) Gold gilt lettering and decoration on spines Gold gilt decoration on front and back boards Original endpapers Raised banded spines (hubbed) Very large volumes, each measuring 17" x 10 1/2" First Edition Volumes, Very well preserved. Very scarce copies. [Attributes: First Edition]
Bookseller: blackdogbooks115 [Zionsville, Indiana, US]
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