1775 Dictionary English Language Samuel Johnson Folio Lexicography Xrare $$
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A DICTIONARY OF THE
1775; Samuel Johnson;4th Edition; Dublin, Thomas Ewing; Vol.II of II;No Pagination, About 1100Pages; w8.8"xh10.8";Extremely Rare!!!
Great For any Fan of the Famous Author or Collector. Great Reference Tool!!!
Missing front board, back/spine encase in a cloth/mylar type wrap, and a Landmark Work!!!
Published on 15 April 1755 and written by Samuel Johnson, A Dictionary of the English Language, sometimes published as Johnson's Dictionary, is among the most influential dictionaries in the history of the English language.
There was dissatisfaction with the dictionaries of the period, so in June 1746 a group of London booksellers contracted Johnson to write a dictionary for the sum of 1,500 guineas (£1,575), equivalent to about £230,000 as of 2012. Johnson took nearly nine years to complete the work, although he had claimed he could finish it in three. Remarkably, he did so single-handedly, with only clerical assistance to copy out the illustrative quotations that he had marked in books. Johnson produced several revised editions during his life.
Samuel Johnson (18 September 1709– 13 December 1784), often referred to as Dr Johnson, was an English author who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer. Johnson was a devout Anglican and committed Tory, and has been described as "arguably the most distinguished man of letters in English history". He is also the subject of "the most famous single work of biographical art in the whole of literature": James Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson.
After nine years of work, Johnson's A Dictionary of the English Language was published in 1755; it had a far-reaching effect on Modern English and has been described as "one of the greatest single achievements of scholarship." This work brought Johnson popularity and success.
Condition is Poor. Sold as-is. Missing front board, glue to back hinges holding, some blemishing in beginning/end/margins, text block is good.
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