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A dictionary of the English language
Hickling Swan and Brewer Boston: "Hickling, Swan, and Brewer". 1860. "First edition of Worcester's greatest dictionary, large, thick 4to, pp. lxvii, [1], 1786; text in triple column, illustrations in text; occasional modest foxing, recent half tan calf, gilt-lettered direct on spine. Presentation copy, inscribed on the flyleaf to the Hon. William C. Rives, with the respects of J.E. Worcester."" William Cabell Rives (1793- 1868) studied politics law under Thomas Jefferson, was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 1817, and served until 1821, In 1823 he was elected as a U.S. Representative. President Jackson appointed him Minister to France in 1829. In 1832 he was elected to the U.S. Senate where he served until 1845. His principle literary work was The Life and Times of James Madison, 3 vols., 1859-68. See DAB for a long account of his varied career. Contains a catalogue of English dictionaries (1499-1859). The 1859 Merriam-Webster was the first American dictionary with illustrations, but credit for the idea goes to Worcester who suffered the fate of industrial sabotage at the hands of his seemingly ubiquitous competitor. "
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