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A Dictionary Of The English Language [1785 Ct 2 Vols]
London: Et. Al.. Very Good+ with no dust jacket. 1785. Sixth Edition. Hardcover. 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. Title pages 1785, frontis. Published as the Act directs August 21st 1786. Frontis is after a painting by Joshua Reynolds. Fleeman only calls for a half title in Vol I. Thick 4to. Modern leather preserving the sewing from an early binding. Early leather spine laid down with new red leather label. Frontis and title page foxed and lightly toned, otherwise clean and Very good thorughout. Sixth Edition (the last to actually be edited by Johnson). Includes: Oats n. A grain, which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland supports the people. Lexicographer. N. A writer of dictionaries; a harmless drudge, that busies himself in tracing the original, and detailing the signification of words. Lexicographer definition appears on Vol II, leaf F2, which is misbound between F1 and F3. 2nd paragraph of Preface: Among these unhappy mortals is the writer of dictionaries; whom mankind have considered, not as the pupil, but the slave of science, the pioneer of literature, doomed only to remove rubbish and clear obstructions from the paths through which Learning and Genius press forward to conquest and glory, without bestowing a smile on the humble drudge that facilitates their progress. Grolier 100. Rothschild 1237. Courtney & Smith 54. Noah Webster S statement that, "Johnson's writings, had, in philology, the effect which Newton's discoveries had in mathematics. He codified the spellings of English words; he gave full and lucid definitions of their meanings (often entertainingly coloured by his High Church and Tory propensities) "He codified the spellings of English words; he gave full and lucid definitions of their meanings (often entertainingly coloured by his High Church and Tory propensities) ". 11 x 9.5 x 6.5", 15 pounds. Books are solid, VG+, and eminently useable. ; 15 .
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