Johnson. Dictionary.

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Johnson. Dictionary.

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Johnson, Samuel. 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. Two volumes. London: W. Strahan, 1755-6. Second edition. Folio (16 9/16” x 10”, 420mm x 254mm). Bound in (nineteenth-century) full crushed morocco, with treble-gilt rule borders and gilt fleurons to corners of covers. Gilt-ruled edges of covers. Gilt inside dentelle with rosette and pentaglyph border. On the spine, six raised bands. Panels treble-gilt ruled top-and-bottom with gilt fleurons. Title-piece in second panel, deep brown with treble-gilt rule. Generally quite sturdy and fresh; some of the paper is foxed or tanned, but largely the text is crisp and fresh. From the sale of the collection of Thomas Malin Rodgers, Jr., the noted bibliophile and and collector of dictionaries. The second edition was entirely reset from the first, but issued (in parts) at the same time; it was limited to 768 complete copies, considerably fewer than the first’s 2000, though in fact there are quite a lot fewer than 768.

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