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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 Authorized By the Names of the writers in Whose Works They are Found (2 volumes)
London: Printed for J. Knapton et al., 1756. octavo in 4s. Two volume set of the Second Edition. First octavo edition. In this edition, the quotations are omitted, definitions contracted, and many words left out. There are two issues: after publication it was realized that the words "by the author" on the title page were left out. Consequently, the words were added late in the printing and make this variant rare and desirable. [See ESTC N54790]. This edition was sold as the "Everyman's Dictionary" and printed in an edition of 5,000 copies (as was the first folio edition). The lexicon text is in double column. The preface in this edition is remarkable both in its appeal to those he addresses as "the common reader". It might be well assumed that the author could only do this in a society where those outside the aristocratic tradition were accepting of what in our world would be an offensive put down. It was not entirely superseded until the Oxford English Dictionary was completed in 1926. Bound in contemporary full gilt-ruled calf, in very good condition with minor restoration to spine ends. The title page of Volume I has a small hole between "The" and "English" where the name of the original owner "Adair" had been excised. (it is still in place in volume I). Damp staining on endpapers and head of title page of Volume I and a small cut out on endpaper (name?). A very good set with no other major defects.
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