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American dictionary of the English language; exhibiting the origin, orthography, pronunciation, and definitions of words

Webster, Noah

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An American Dictionary of the English Language; Exhibiting the Origin, Orthography, and Definitions of Words. Abridged from the Quarto Edition of the author: to which are added, a synopsis of words differently pronounced by different orthoepists, (...)

Webster, Noah

New York: White and Sheffield, Publisher, 1842. Stated revised edition, with an appendix containing all the additional words in the last edition of the larger work. Full calf leather. 1079 pp. A printing of this influential dictionary that helped to codify definitions and pronunciations of words uniquely American, beginning the distinction between American English and English of England. POOR condition, both covers DETACHED, as well as the first endpapers and title page (these are attached to the front cover). Leather spine MISSING. Heavy scuffing, bumping, uneven fading, darkening and edgewear to the covers; overall, heavy general wear to the covers. Text block solid, with scattered soiling, moderate to heavy foxing and spotting throughout. A few scattered stains. Many pages offset or browned on the text. Ownership signature/provenance on the inside front cover. Rebinding, reference copy only in poor condition. . Leather. Poor/No Jacket.

  • Published: 1842
  • Condition: Poor
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An American Dictionary of the English Language: Containing the Whole Vocabulary of the First Edition Etc

Webster, Noah

Chicago: Webster's Dictionary Pub. Co., 1891. A good plus oversized brown leather hardcover. Edges are worn. Most of leather on spine has rubbed off. Hinge reglued. Pages yellowed on edges. Foxing on first pages. Copyright 1891.. Hard Cover.

  • Published: 1891
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American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster, Noah

Chicago: M.A. Donohue & Co.. New Century Ed. 1905. Good+. Hard Cover. ...With an Appendix & Addenda of Nearly Ten Thousand New Words with Their Defin itions, etc. 1750pp including preface, intro, + 3pp on Air Ships, Liquid Air, + Wireless Telegraphy. b/w frontis engraving of Webster; color il of flags of al l nations; interior clean, pp tanning; marbled edges + eps; wear to decorative tan embossed leather over boards; gilt lettering on 4" spine .

  • Published: 1905
  • Condition: Good+
  • Edition: New Century Ed
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American Dictionary of the English Language : Noah Webster's First Edition of an American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster, Noah

Foundation for American Christian Education, 2008 Bright unmarked, Facsimile Edition, extra heavy book will require extra postage.. Hardcover. As New.

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AN AMERICAN DICTIONARY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE; Containing the Whole Vocabulary of the First Edition in Two Volumes Quarto; the Entire Corrections and Improvements of the Second Edition

WEBSTER, NOAH

SPRINGFIELD, MASS.: GEORGE AND CHARLES MERRIAM, 1853. SPINE IS SPLIT & MENDED, HEAVY SCUFFING TO BOARDS. TEXT IS CLEAN. OVERSEAS ORDERS WILL REQUIRE SUBSTANTIAL ADDITIONAL POSTAGE.. 1853 EDITION. LEATHER BINDING. FAIR.

  • Published: 1853
  • Condition: FAIR
  • Edition: 1853 EDITION
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An American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster, Noah

Springfield MA: George and Charles Merriam, 1856. A classic edition of Webster's in full sheepskin which, though beginning to age, is still tight and good. Extra postage will be due because of weight.. Revised and Enlarged. Full-Leather. Good/No Jacket. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Trade.

  • Published: 1856
  • Condition: Good
  • Edition: Revised and Enlarged
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AN AMERICAN DICTIONARY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

Webster, Noah

Chicago: Donohue & Henneberry, 1893. This antique hardcover dictionary is bound in very dark brown cloth boards with black spine lettering. Covers are edgeworn, with some soil; inner pages browned, some wormholes. View an image at popeks.com/books/p3780.jpg This is an early Webster's Dictionary; frontispiece is a portrait of Webster. 1279 pages; approx. 8"x10".. Hard Cover. Good/No Jacket. Illus. by Frontispiece.

  • Published: 1893
  • Condition: Good
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An American Dictionary of the English Language

WEBSTER, Noah

Springfield, Mass.: George and Charles Merriam, 1857. Hardcover. Good. 1857. lxxxiv, 1376 p. 27 cm. B&w frontispiece has small chip. Revised and enlarged by Chauncey A. Goodrich. Full leather, scuffed, corners worn. Owner's signature from 1857 on front free endpaper, title page foxed with chip, page iii torn, back free endpaper and last few pages slightly chipped. General subjects of this work include: etymologies of English words, orthography of words, pronunciation, accurate and discriminating definitions illustrated by examples of their use.

  • Published: 1857
  • Condition: Good
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An American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster, Noah

Springfield, MA: George & Charles Merriam, 1852. [W]. Revised and enlarged by Chauncey A. Goodrich. Frontispiece + 1367 pp. Hardcover, bound in full brown leather with black spine label. The cover is heavily rubbed with the boards exposed at the corners and the top and bottom of the hinges split. Offset from the engraved portrait on the title-page. Sacttered foxing on the endpapers and margins. Occasional dog-earred pages, and one page has been ripped.. Hard Cover. Good.. Quarto 8" x 10.5".

  • Published: 1852
  • Condition: Good.
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An American Dictionary of the English Language

Noah Webster

G. & C. Merriam. Collectible - Acceptable. Published in 1880. Collectible - Acceptable. No Dust Jacket Inside fairly clean. front cover detached. Spine worn/torn. AS IS!

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American Dictionary of the English Language (1828 Facsimile Edition)

Noah Webster

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AN AMERICAN DICTIONARY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

Webster, Noah

Springfield, MA: George and Charles Merriam, 1857. This antique hardcover Webster's dictionary is bound in nice tan leather boards. The spine has five raised bands, trimmed in gilt; title lettering is gilt on a black leather spine label. Leather is browned, esp. at edges, with edgewear, wear at spine ends. Inner pages are browned. 1460 pages; approx. 8"x10".. Leather Bound. Good/No Jacket. Illus. by None.

  • Published: 1857
  • Condition: Good
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AN AMERICAN DICTIONARY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

Noah Webster

NY: Harper 1846 revised edition, 1846. . Ex-library hardcover book; rebound in buckram. Substantial foxing throughout with old staining to the lower right corners of pages. Binding firm; text in fair condition. An early printing of Webster's classic. The text is that of the 1841 revised edition of the Joseph Worcester octavo edition of 1829. This was published just before the revised edition of 1848 (which was the first Merriam-Webster edition). This 1846 edition is an octavo edition and includes Walker's Key and appendix.

  • Published: 1846
  • Condition: Ex-library hardcover book; rebound in buckram. Substantial foxing throughout with old staining to the lower right corners of pag
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An American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster, Noah

Mass.: George And Charles Merriam, 1851. LEATHER----------DICTIONARY -------------The cover has shelf wear and has some damage to the front corner...The pages has yellowing and foxing....Some of the pages are loose and has some of the bottom corners missing...The binding is loose....Looks like previous owner has cut a piece of leather and put it on themselves..........Heavy book.... Leather. As Is/No Jacket. Illus. by Illustrated. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Hard Back.

  • Published: 1851
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An American Dictionary of the English Language: Exhibiting the Origin, Orthography, Pronunciation and Definitions of Words... Abridged... Synopsis of Words... Walker's Key... Eleventh Edition

Noah Webster

New York: N. and J. White. Collectible - Acceptable. Collectible - Acceptable.. Cover badly rubbed. Pages foxed & some loose. AS IS!

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American Dictionary of the English Language (1828 Facsimile Edition)

Noah Webster

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An American Dictionary of the English Language:

WEBSTER Noah (Chauncey A Goodrich-editor)

Springfield, Mass. USA: George And Charles Merriam, 1854 In brown full leather covers, a few marks, edges and corners bumped and worn. Spine has raised bands, title in gilt to black leather label half missing, edges bumped. Internally, pencil owners name to fep, embossed stamp to front blank, first and last blank pages have light foxing, old ink name to titlepage (John Jones), (lxxxiv), 1367 pp. A nice example. (large & heavy, extra postage)

  • Published: 1854
  • Condition: Good
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An American Dictionary of the English Language

WEBSTER, Noah

New York: Published by S. Converse, Printed by Hezekiah Howe, New Haven,, 1828. 2 volumes, quarto (295 × 230 mm). Attractively rebound to style in full diced russia, spines divided into compartments by wide bands, gilt-lettered direct in two compartments, others with gilt centrepieces, covers with wide gilt decorative roll border, marbled endpapers, the fore and lower edges entirely untrimmed. Portrait frontispiece. With the additions leaf but without the initial advert leaf. A few minor spots here and there, an excellent copy, handsomely bound, with untrimmed edges. First edition of the dictionary that almost at once became, and has remained, the standard English dictionary in the United States; one of 2,500 copies. Webster wanted to stress the political separation from Britain by the cultivation of a distinct American language, and so, under the influence of his friend Benjamin Franklin, turned his attention to "a reformed mode of spelling" and gave many printed American words their distinctive appearance. "The book marked a definite advance in modern lexicography, as it included many non-literary terms and paid great attention to the language actually spoken. Moreover, his definitions of the meanings of words were accurate and concise (Sir James Murray, editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, called him 'a born definer of words') and have for the greater part stood the test of time superbly well. In fact, Webster succeeded in breaking the fetters imposed upon American English by Dr Johnson, to the ultimate benefit of the living languages of both countries" (PMM).

  • Published: 1828
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AN AMERICAN DICTIONARY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

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S. Converse. Printed by Hezekiah Howe, New Haven. 1828. FIRST EDITION. 2 4to Volumes. (11.8 x 9.2 inches). Portrait frontispiece. With the additions leaf but without the initial advert leaf. Some minor spots to a few leaves but overall a very good, bright and clean, wide margined copy with the fore and lower edges untrimmed. Finely bound in recent period-style binding of full diced Russia. Spines with wide raised bands, each with triple gilt rules. Compartments ruled, decorated and lettered in gilt. Elaborate decorative gilt borders to the boards. Marbled endpapers. A bright and attractive copy of this famous dictionary. --------- First edition of the dictionary that almost at once became, and has remained, the standard English dictionary in the United States; one of 2,500 copies. Webster wanted to stress the political separation from Britain by the cultivation of a distinct American language, and so, under the influence of his friend Benjamin Franklin, turned his attention to "a reformed mode of spelling" and gave many printed American words their distinctive appearance. "The book marked a definite advance in modern lexicography, as it included many non-literary terms and paid great attention to the language actually spoken. Moreover, his definitions of the meanings of words were accurate and concise (Sir James Murray, editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, called him 'a born definer of words') and have for the greater part stood the test of time superbly well. In fact, Webster succeeded in breaking the fetters imposed upon American English by Dr Johnson, to the ultimate benefit of the living languages of both countries" (Printing and the Mind of Man). -------- Grolier, American 36; PMM 291; Skeel 583; Sabin 102335.

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AN AMERICAN DICTIONARY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

Webster, Noah:

New York: Published by S. Converse, printed by Hezekiah Howe - New Haven, 1828.. Two volumes. With the "Additions and Corrections" leaf. Portrait in first volume. Large, thick quarto. Original boards, completely untrimmed, renewed paper labels. Unobtrusive old institutional blindstamp on titlepage of each volume. Lightly age-toned, light scattered foxing, but a large, impressive copy. This copy contains the rare "Additions and Corrections" leaf, sometimes lacking, at the end of the second volume. The most important American dictionary, of prime importance as an early effort toward mass education, eventually placing correct spelling and usage at the fingertips of the ordinary American citizen. This two-volume quarto unabridged dictionary represents the culmination of Webster's indefatigable dedication to providing his country with its first comprehensive modern dictionary. "Webster set a new standard for etymological investigation, and for accuracy of definition ('a born definer of words' - Sir James Murray), and included 70,000 words, as against the 58,000 of any previous dictionary. There were 2,500 copies printed, in boards uncut or full calf, at $20 for the two volumes" - Grolier AMERICAN HUNDRED. "Webster was an ardent nationalist and he wanted to stress the political separation from England by the cultivation of a separate American language" - PMM. The introductory material contains Webster's thesis on the development of languages as well as his philosophical and practical grammar of the English language. A prize to be cherished by any American who cares about his/her native tongue. GROLIER AMERICAN 100, 36. PRINTING AND THE MIND OF MAN 291. SKEEL 583. SABIN 102335.

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AN AMERICAN DICTIONARY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

WEBSTER, NOAH

New York: Published by S. Converse, Printed by Hezekiah Howe, New Haven, 1828. FIRST EDITION . Hardcover. An Unusually Clean, Fresh Copy of Perhaps theAll-Time Greatest Bestseller in America. 289 x 225 mm (11 3/8 x 8 7/8"). Including the terminal leaf (not infrequently missing) of "Additions" in the second volume. Two volumes. FIRST EDITION. Contemporary marbled boards expertly and convincingly rebacked and recornered by Courtland Benson using diced Russia of the period, spines divided into panels by double gilt rules, gilt titling. Engraved frontispiece portrait of the author in volume I. PMM 291; Skeel 583; Grolier "American Books" 36; Sabin 102335. Paper boards a bit chafed, two-inch abrasion to leather on lower board of volume I, but the artfully and cleverly restored retrospective bindings showing no important wear at the same time that they retain their period feel. Two gatherings (only) with significant foxing (frontispiece, title and a few leaves here and there with quite minor foxing), other trivial imperfections, but altogether pleasing internally, the text remarkably fresh and clean. AN ESPECIALLY FINE COPY that looks very attractive on the shelf. Perhaps the all-time greatest American best-seller, Webster's "Dictionary" is one of the most famous and best-loved books ever to originate in the United States. Its publication signified that America had come of age in the linguistic field and had developed its own legitimate variety of English speech. Published in a press run of 2,500 copies, our first edition contains more than 70,000 entries, compiled entirely by Webster himself. According to PMM, the dictionary "marked a definite advance in modern lexicography, as it included many non-literary terms and paid great attention to the language actually spoken. Moreover, [Webster's] definitions of the meaning of words were accurate and concise and have for the greater part stood the test of time superbly well. In fact, Webster succeeded in breaking the fetters imposed upon American English by Dr. Johnson . . . to the ultimate benefit of the living languages of both countries." The book sold rather poorly at first, but its authority was gradually established, and its updated versions have remained a staple of American reference libraries ever since. Noah Webster (1758-1843) was born in West Hartford, Connecticut, and attended Yale University during the period of the Revolutionary War. Trained as a lawyer, he decided to become a schoolteacher and journalist. The first literary fruit of his teaching career was a spelling book published in 1782. Grammatical works followed, and on a visit to Philadelphia, he discussed with Ben Franklin the need for establishing an American standard spelling. Webster published a small "Compendious Dictionary of the English Language" in 1806, an appetizer to his great work, which was in gestation for almost 20 years. These two decades of preparation involved Webster's becoming conversant in no fewer than 26 languages, including Sanskrit, and the fruits of his study can be seen not only in the main body of the dictionary, but also in the 88-page prefatory section in volume I, the most important part of which is the author's dissertation "On the Origin, History and Connection of the Languages of Western Asia and of Europe.".

  • Published: 1828
  • Edition: FIRST EDITION
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An American Dictionary of the English Language

WEBSTER, Noah (1758-1853)

New York: published by S. Converse, printed by Hezekiah Howe of New Haven, 1828. 2 volumes, quarto. (11 1/8 x 9 inches). Engraved portrait frontispiece of Webster by A.B. Durand after S.F.B. Morse at the front of vol.I, "Additions and Corrections" leaf bound at the end of vol.II. Expertly bound to style in diced russia over contemporary marbled-paper covered boards, spines with semi-raised bands divided into five compartments, ruled on either side of each band, lettered in gilt in the second and fourth compartments, marbled endpapers and edges. First edition of the most important American dictionary, the "most ambitious publication ever undertaken, up to that time, upon American soil" (Grolier "American 100") and a prize to be cherished by any American who cares about their native tongue. This copy with provenance of a mayor of New York City. Noah Webster, teacher, lawyer and lexicographer, was also "an ardent nationalist and he wanted to stress the political separation from England by the cultivation of a separate American language" (PMM). Starting work on the American Dictionary in 1800, "Webster set a new standard for etymological investigation, and for accuracy of definition ('a born definer of words' - Sir James Murray), and included 70,000 words, as against the 58,000 of any previous dictionary" (Grolier American 100). This dictionary represents the culmination of Webster's indefatigable dedication to providing his country with its first comprehensive modern dictionary. The American Dictionary was printed in an initial edition of just 2500 copies at $20 for the two volumes. The valuable introductory material contains his thesis on the development of languages, and also his philosophical and practical grammar of the English language. Importantly, the present copy includes the "Additions and Corrections" leaf at the end of the second volume, which is sometimes lacking. The Dictionary "at once became, and has remained, the standard English dictionary in the United States... [it also] marked a definite advance in modern lexicography, as it included many non-literary terms and paid attention to the language actually spoken ... In fact, Webster succeeded in breaking the fetters imposed upon American English by Dr. [Samuel] Johnson, ... to the ultimate benefit of the living languages of both countries" (PMM). This copy with interesting provenance to Walter Bowne, Mayor of New York from 1829-1833. Grolier, American 100, 36; Printing and the Mind of Man 291; Sabin 102335; Skeel 583.

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An American Dictionary of the English Language

WEBSTER, Noah (1758-1853)

New York: published by S. Converse, printed by Hezekiah Howe of New Haven, 1828. 2 volumes, quarto. (11 1/16 x 9 inches). Engraved portrait frontispiece of Webster by A.B. Durand after S.F.B. Morse at the front of vol.I, "Additions and Corrections" leaf bound at the end of vol.II. Expertly bound to style in half russia over period marbled paper covered boards, spine with raised bands, lettered in the second and fourth compartments. First edition of the most important American dictionary, the "most ambitious publication ever undertaken, up to that time, upon American soil" (Grolier "American 100") and a prize to be cherished by any American who cares about their native tongue. The American Dictionary was printed in an initial edition of just 2500 copies, uncut in boards or full calf, at $20 for the two volumes. Importantly, the present copy includes the "Additions and Corrections" leaf at the end of the second volume, which is sometimes lacking. Webster's best-known work is significant for a string of reasons: according to Printing and the Mind of Man the Dictionary "at once became, and has remained, the standard English dictionary in the United States... [it also] marked a definite advance in modern lexicography, as it included many non-literary terms and paid attention to the language actually spoken ... In fact, Webster succeeded in breaking the fetters imposed upon American English by Dr. [Samuel] Johnson, ... to the ultimate benefit of the living languages of both countries". To sum up: the American Dictionary was "one of the great contributions towards mass education ... [in the United States, placing] correct spelling and usage within the reach of Everyman" (Grolier American 100). Noah Webster, teacher, lawyer and lexicographer, was also "an ardent nationalist and he wanted to stress the political separation from England by the cultivation of a separate American language" (PMM). Starting work on the American Dictionary in 1800, "Webster set a new standard for etymological investigation, and for accuracy of definition ('a born definer of words' - Sir James Murray), and included 70,000 words, as against the 58,000 of any previous dictionary." (Grolier American 100). This two-volume quarto dictionary represents the culmination of Webster's indefatigable dedication to providing his country with its first comprehensive modern dictionary. The valuable introductory material contains his thesis on the development of languages, and also his philosophical and practical grammar of the English language. Grolier American 100 36; Printing & the Mind of Man 291; Sabin 102335; Skeel 583.

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"An American dictionary of the English language; containing the whole vocabulary of the first edition in two volumes quarto; the entire corrections and improvements of the second edition in two volumes royal octavo; to which is prefixed and introductory dissertation on the origin, history, and connection of the languages ... Revised and enlarged by Chauncey A. Goodrich."

"Webster, Noah."

Springfield: George & Charles Merriam. 1848. "First edition of the first Merriam-Webster dictionary; thick 4to, pp. lxxxiv, 1367; engraved frontis portrait after Samuel F.B. Morse (slightly offset onto title-p.); full original sheep, gilt lettered direct on spine; some rubbing and wear, but sound."

  • Published: 1848
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An American dictionary of the English language; containing the whole vocabulary of the first edition in two volumes quarto ... Revised and enlarged by Chauncey Goodrich

"Webster, Noah."

Springfield: George & Charles Merriam. 1849. "Second printing of the first Webster dictionary published by the Merriams, large, thick 4to, pp. lxxxiv, 1367; engraved portrait of Webster by Andrews after Samuel F.B. Morse, text in triple column; full original sheep, black morocco label on spine; minor wear, but on the whole a very good, sound copy, and better than most. A Merriam incunable, preceded only by the 1848 printing of the same, and the 1845 issue of the unsold sheets of the 1841 edition in 2 volumes, with cancelled Merriam title-pp. and other additions (see Skeel 588). An 1847 Merriam edition as reported first by Leavitt and subsequently by Burkett is by all accounts a ghost. The book was surely published on September 24th, 1847, but almost as surely with a title dated 1848, as no copy of an 1847 edition is extant."

  • Published: 1849
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An American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster, Noah

Springfield, MA: George and Charles Merriam, 1848. First Merriam Webster Edition. Leather bound. 1367pp. Very thick quarto [27 cm] Brown leather with a black leather spine label. Marbled edges and endsheets. Good. The covers and spine are rubbed and have numerous dark stains. There are a couple of scrapes in the leather of the rear board. The longer scrape measures 2 and 1/2 inches. There is a large loss from the leather at the foot of the spine that measures 2 and 1/4 inches tall by 1 and 1/4 inches wide. The marbled edges are faded. There are five or so very small dark stains on the edges of the text block. The edges of the endsheets are darkened, and the flyleaves are mildly soiled. There is a contemporary owner's name on the front free endsheet. The frontispiece is offset on the surrounding pages. There is a former owner's ink stamp on the front flyleaf. There is a contemporary owner's name, along with a brief notation, on the top edge of the Preface page. This notation is faintly mirrored on the title page. There is another contemporary owner's name in pen on the rear flyleaf that is also offset on surrounding pages. There are stains in the centers of pp. 364-422. The largest and darkest stains are in the middle of this section, and measure 1 and 1/4 inches tall by 1 and 1/4 inches wide. The stains do not obscure the text. Occasional light staining, very small dark stains and foxing on the pages. There are sporadic light moisture stains in the corners and edges of the pages. The larger stains are 3 inches tall by 3 inches wide, and they become slightly darker on the last several pages. The pages are mildly browned. The book is sturdy. Noah Webster strongly believed in developing the cultural independence of the United States, a chief component of which was to be a distinctive American language with its own idiom, pronunciation, and style.

  • Published: 1848
  • Edition: First Merriam Webster Edition
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"An American dictionary of the English language; containing the whole vocabulary of the first edition in two volumes quarto; the entire corrections and improvements of the second edition in two volumes royal octavo; to which is prefixed and introductory dissertation on the origin, history, and connection of the languages ... Revised and enlarged by Chauncey A. Goodrich"

"Webster, Noah."

Springfield: George and Charles Merriam. 1848. "First edition of the first Merriam-Webster dictionary; thick 4to, pp. lxxxiv, 1367; engraved frontispiece portrait after Samuel F.B. Morse; full original sheep, black morocco spine label mostly perished; the whole quite scuffed and rubbed, preliminaries foxed, modern (1950s) manuscript list of birthdays on rear endpapers; texblock very good and sound. Contemporary ownership inscriptions of Mrs. H. Booth on front free endpaper and frontispiece verso. Vancil, p. 262."

  • Published: 1848
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"An American dictionary of the English language; containing the whole vocabulary of the first edition in two volumes quarto; the entire corrections and improvements of the second edition in two volumes royal octavo; to which is prefixed and introductory dissertation on the origin, history, and connection of the languages ... Revised and enlarged by Chauncey A. Goodrich"

"Webster, Noah."

Springfield: George and Charles Merriam. 1848. "First edition of the first Merriam-Webster dictionary; thick 4to, pp. lxxxiv, 1367; engraved frontispiece portrait after Samuel F.B. Morse; full original sheep, lacking spine label; the whole quite scuffed and rubbed, preliminaries foxed with one soil spot; previous ownership signature on front flyleaf has been neatly cut out; texblock very good and sound. Vancil, p. 262."

  • Published: 1848
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An American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster, Noah

Springfield MA: George and Charles Merriam, 1849. Original calf with remnant of morocco titling piece. Marbled endpapers. Binding is heavilty worn, both joints starting, but gilt titling still quite legible. 1367 pgs. Prior owner signature and also a gift inscription on ffep. Considerable foxing throughout. Webster tissue guarded frontispiece by S.F.B. Morse. . First Thus. Full-Leather. Fair/No Jacket. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Trade.

  • Published: 1849
  • Condition: Fair
  • Edition: First Thus
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An American Dictionary of The English Language; Containing the Whole Vocabulary of the First Edition In Two Volumes Quarto; The Entire Corrections and Improvements of the Second Edition in Two Volumes Royal Octavo..Revised ... by Chauncey A. Goodrich

Webster, Noah

Springfield, MA, USA: George & Charles Merriam, 1848. Springfield: Merriam, 1848. First edition first printing. An American Dictionary of The English Language; Containing the Whole Vocabulary of the First Edition In Two Volumes Quarto; The Entire Corrections and Improvements of the Second Edition in Two Volumes Royal Octavo; To Which is Prefixed and Introductory Dissertation on the Origin, History, and Connection of the Languages of Western Asia and Europe, with an Explanation of the Principles on which Languages are Formed by Noah Webster, LL.D. Revised and Enlarged by Chauncey A. Goodrich with Pronouncing Vocabularies of Scripture, Classical, and Geographical Names. Thick 4to. pp. lxxxiv, 1367. First edition of the famed Merriam-Webster dictionary. 4to. Full sheep, marble endpapers. Small ownership signature in pencil of Mrs. H. C. Norcross. Frontispiece engraving of Webster, protective tissue. Thin old waterstain to page edges, hinges renewed by master bookbinder, new leather spine labels, minor repairs to spine leather. Corners and edges rubbed. Very good. . First Edition. Full Leather. Very Good. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.

  • Published: 1848
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Edition: First Edition
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An American Dictionary Of the English Language

Webster, Noah

NY: Harper and Brothers, 1849. Book. Fair. Full-Leather. Later Printing, Revised. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. From the title page, " Walker's Key to the classical pronunciation of Greek, Latin and scripture proper names. Revised and enalrged by Chauncey A. Goodrich." 2 notable "flaws" affect the leather binding, a separation at the front hinging of the spines top of nearly 2" and the spine itself has what seems to be a largely superficial cracking at its center, will attempt to show both in foto. The hard leather covers have other age appropriate scarring and abrasion all of a relatively minor nature. Upper tips have abrasion thru leather and lower back tip is notably bumped. The original owner has lightly penciled his name/date (1850) and so forth on the first endsheet and at the top of the title page. While the text has full edge marbling 2 issues are worth mention, top is age or dust darkened and the fore-edge may have had a few unopened leaves which have been opened with slight roughness, leaving imperfections of @ 1/64th". The text approaches heavily foxed and has the swaling (as laid flat it is imperfectly so, hilly) this said, the text does not seem brittle, all is well legible and all is present including the extensive appendixes and advertisements. The paste downs and endsheets show their age predictably, the last p.d. has a small imperfection as though a 1/4" droplet of candle wax was removed and left residue. The book has been stored in acid free glassine bag and will be shipped in same. Massive book over 1152 pages, measures slightly over 9 3/4 x 6 1/2". Will ship, securely padded and boxed, domestic media mail at our customary one book price. As with all items over $75.00 we provide delivery confirmation and insurance at our expense..

  • Published: 1849
  • Condition: Fair
  • Edition: Later Printing, Revised
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An American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster, Noah

New York: Harper, 1845 Early edition abridged from the Quarto edition with the addition of a synopsis of words and Walker's key to the classical pronunciation of Greek, Latin, and Scripture proper names. This dictionary from the family of Claude R Wickard, Franklin D Roosevelt's Secretary of Agriculture with the signatures of a John E Wickard of Battleground IN Dec 4, 1876 and Andrew J Wickard, 1853. Book is bound in period calf treated with leather cleaner/preservative. It has four raised bands bordered with gilt and a red leather spine label with gilt titles. Lower spine with two large chips, damp stain first and last several pages and some foxing.

  • Published: 1845
  • Condition: Good
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AN AMERICAN DICTIONARY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

Webster, Noah

Springfield, Mass.:: George and Charles Merriam,. 1849. Revised and enlarged by Chauncey A. Goodrich from the 1847 edition, which was the first Merriam-Webster dictionary. Webster's original dictionary was published in 1828 and revised in 1840. Binding copy. Appears to be original boards with considerable edgewear, waterstains on first 10 pages or so, foxing and four leaves in middle frayed on edges, otherwise the text block is good or better. As is.

  • Published: 1849.
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AN AMERICAN DICTIONARY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

Webster, Noah

New York. Harper & Brothers, Publishers. 1847. First printing of the 1847 revised edition. Quarto. Binding in full leather with black label on spine. Good condition but with an old appearing small leather repair at left top of spine. Very scarce. Three page preface by Chauncey Goodrich dated September 24, 1847.

  • Condition: Good
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An American Dictionary of the English Language (Throughly Revised, and Greatly Enlarged and Improved) Three Volume Set

Webster, Noah (Goodrich, Chauncey A.; Porter, Noah)

Springfield, Ma.: G. & C. Merriam, 1864. Black leather spine and corners on brown leather covered boards, 1,764 total pages. Volumes One and Two have an engraved frontis portrait of Webster, Volume Three does not have a frontis portrait. All three volumes have illustrations within the text. The latest date on the copyright page is 1864. All volumes are in similar condition: five raised bands on spines, marbled end pages (some of the end pages are loose), edges and corners very rubbed with small area of fray at tips of corners. Color page of naval flags, classified pictorial illustrations pages 1,697 to page 1,761 (There is a DEFECT here - a piece of page 1,694 is torn out and the following page is gone, the first page of illustrations has a piece missing). The last three pages are Ancient Alphabets and Remarkable Alphabets (these three page are loose but all there).. Hardcover. Good. 11&3/8" by 8&1/2". Full Leather Binding.

  • Published: 1864
  • Condition: Good
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An American Dictionary Of The English Language: Containing The Whole Vocabulary Of The First Edition In Two Volumes Quarto; The Entire Corrections And Improvements Of The Second Edition In Two Volumes Royal Octavo; To Which Is Prefixed An Introductory Dissertation On The Origin, History. And Connection, Of The Languages of Western Asia and Europe

Webster, Noah:

Revised and Enlarged Edition by George and Charles Merriam, Springfield, Mass.: 1849. Good+ in full leather covered boards with a gilt on black title block on the spine with marbled end sheets, marbled edges to the text block. The leather at the head and heel of the spine is worn and abraded but the hinges and joints remains strong with no evidence of weakening or starting. The fore edge of the rear board has a narrow band of white paint. The pages are uniformly tanned around the edges. A small quarto measuring 10 1/4" by 7 3/4". A four page testimonial precedes the 84 page introduction which is then followed by 1367 pages of text.

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An American Dictionary of the English Language; Exhibiting the Origin, Orthography, Pronounciation, and Definitions of Words, Abridged from the Quarto Edition By the Author, to Which are Added a Synopsis of Words Differently Pronounced

Webster, Noah,

New York: Harper & Brothers, 1843. pp. xxiii, (2), 1079 (1), "...by Different Orthoepists; and Walker's Key to the Classical Pronounciation of Greek, Latin, and Scripture Proper Names. Revised edition with an appendix, containing all the additional words in the last edition of the larger work. binding sound, spine extremities worn, corner bumped and worn, red leather spine label, gilt rules on spine, internally evenly foxed. Revised Edition. Full Leather. Good/No Dj. Larger 8vo.

  • Published: 1843
  • Condition: Good
  • Edition: Revised Edition
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An American Dictionary of the English Language

WEBSTER, Noah

New York: Published by S. Converse, Printed by Hezekiah Howe, New Haven,, 1828. 2 volumes, quarto (295 × 230 mm). Attractively rebound to style in full diced russia, spines divided into compartments by wide bands, gilt-lettered direct in two compartments, others with gilt centrepieces, covers with wide gilt decorative roll border, marbled endpapers, the fore and lower edges entirely untrimmed. Portrait frontispiece. With the additions leaf but without the initial advert leaf. A few minor spots here and there, an excellent copy, handsomely bound, with untrimmed edges. First edition of the dictionary that almost at once became, and has remained, the standard English dictionary in the United States; one of 2,500 copies. Webster wanted to stress the political separation from Britain by the cultivation of a distinct American language, and so, under the influence of his friend Benjamin Franklin, turned his attention to "a reformed mode of spelling" and gave many printed American words their distinctive appearance. "The book marked a definite advance in modern lexicography, as it included many non-literary terms and paid great attention to the language actually spoken. Moreover, his definitions of the meanings of words were accurate and concise (Sir James Murray, editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, called him 'a born definer of words') and have for the greater part stood the test of time superbly well. In fact, Webster succeeded in breaking the fetters imposed upon American English by Dr Johnson, to the ultimate benefit of the living languages of both countries" (PMM).

  • Published: 1828
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AN AMERICAN DICTIONARY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

WEBSTER. NOAH

S. Converse. Printed by Hezekiah Howe, New Haven. 1828. FIRST EDITION. 2 4to Volumes. (11.8 x 9.2 inches). Portrait frontispiece. With the additions leaf but without the initial advert leaf. Some minor spots to a few leaves but overall a very good, bright and clean, wide margined copy with the fore and lower edges untrimmed. Finely bound in recent period-style binding of full diced Russia. Spines with wide raised bands, each with triple gilt rules. Compartments ruled, decorated and lettered in gilt. Elaborate decorative gilt borders to the boards. Marbled endpapers. A bright and attractive copy of this famous dictionary. --------- First edition of the dictionary that almost at once became, and has remained, the standard English dictionary in the United States; one of 2,500 copies. Webster wanted to stress the political separation from Britain by the cultivation of a distinct American language, and so, under the influence of his friend Benjamin Franklin, turned his attention to "a reformed mode of spelling" and gave many printed American words their distinctive appearance. "The book marked a definite advance in modern lexicography, as it included many non-literary terms and paid great attention to the language actually spoken. Moreover, his definitions of the meanings of words were accurate and concise (Sir James Murray, editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, called him 'a born definer of words') and have for the greater part stood the test of time superbly well. In fact, Webster succeeded in breaking the fetters imposed upon American English by Dr Johnson, to the ultimate benefit of the living languages of both countries" (Printing and the Mind of Man). -------- Grolier, American 36; PMM 291; Skeel 583; Sabin 102335.

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AN AMERICAN DICTIONARY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

Webster, Noah:

New York: Published by S. Converse, printed by Hezekiah Howe - New Haven, 1828.. Two volumes. With the "Additions and Corrections" leaf. Portrait in first volume. Large, thick quarto. Original boards, completely untrimmed, renewed paper labels. Unobtrusive old institutional blindstamp on titlepage of each volume. Lightly age-toned, light scattered foxing, but a large, impressive copy. This copy contains the rare "Additions and Corrections" leaf, sometimes lacking, at the end of the second volume. The most important American dictionary, of prime importance as an early effort toward mass education, eventually placing correct spelling and usage at the fingertips of the ordinary American citizen. This two-volume quarto unabridged dictionary represents the culmination of Webster's indefatigable dedication to providing his country with its first comprehensive modern dictionary. "Webster set a new standard for etymological investigation, and for accuracy of definition ('a born definer of words' - Sir James Murray), and included 70,000 words, as against the 58,000 of any previous dictionary. There were 2,500 copies printed, in boards uncut or full calf, at $20 for the two volumes" - Grolier AMERICAN HUNDRED. "Webster was an ardent nationalist and he wanted to stress the political separation from England by the cultivation of a separate American language" - PMM. The introductory material contains Webster's thesis on the development of languages as well as his philosophical and practical grammar of the English language. A prize to be cherished by any American who cares about his/her native tongue. GROLIER AMERICAN 100, 36. PRINTING AND THE MIND OF MAN 291. SKEEL 583. SABIN 102335.

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AN AMERICAN DICTIONARY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

WEBSTER, NOAH

New York: Published by S. Converse, Printed by Hezekiah Howe, New Haven, 1828. FIRST EDITION . Hardcover. An Unusually Clean, Fresh Copy of Perhaps theAll-Time Greatest Bestseller in America. 289 x 225 mm (11 3/8 x 8 7/8"). Including the terminal leaf (not infrequently missing) of "Additions" in the second volume. Two volumes. FIRST EDITION. Contemporary marbled boards expertly and convincingly rebacked and recornered by Courtland Benson using diced Russia of the period, spines divided into panels by double gilt rules, gilt titling. Engraved frontispiece portrait of the author in volume I. PMM 291; Skeel 583; Grolier "American Books" 36; Sabin 102335. Paper boards a bit chafed, two-inch abrasion to leather on lower board of volume I, but the artfully and cleverly restored retrospective bindings showing no important wear at the same time that they retain their period feel. Two gatherings (only) with significant foxing (frontispiece, title and a few leaves here and there with quite minor foxing), other trivial imperfections, but altogether pleasing internally, the text remarkably fresh and clean. AN ESPECIALLY FINE COPY that looks very attractive on the shelf. Perhaps the all-time greatest American best-seller, Webster's "Dictionary" is one of the most famous and best-loved books ever to originate in the United States. Its publication signified that America had come of age in the linguistic field and had developed its own legitimate variety of English speech. Published in a press run of 2,500 copies, our first edition contains more than 70,000 entries, compiled entirely by Webster himself. According to PMM, the dictionary "marked a definite advance in modern lexicography, as it included many non-literary terms and paid great attention to the language actually spoken. Moreover, [Webster's] definitions of the meaning of words were accurate and concise and have for the greater part stood the test of time superbly well. In fact, Webster succeeded in breaking the fetters imposed upon American English by Dr. Johnson . . . to the ultimate benefit of the living languages of both countries." The book sold rather poorly at first, but its authority was gradually established, and its updated versions have remained a staple of American reference libraries ever since. Noah Webster (1758-1843) was born in West Hartford, Connecticut, and attended Yale University during the period of the Revolutionary War. Trained as a lawyer, he decided to become a schoolteacher and journalist. The first literary fruit of his teaching career was a spelling book published in 1782. Grammatical works followed, and on a visit to Philadelphia, he discussed with Ben Franklin the need for establishing an American standard spelling. Webster published a small "Compendious Dictionary of the English Language" in 1806, an appetizer to his great work, which was in gestation for almost 20 years. These two decades of preparation involved Webster's becoming conversant in no fewer than 26 languages, including Sanskrit, and the fruits of his study can be seen not only in the main body of the dictionary, but also in the 88-page prefatory section in volume I, the most important part of which is the author's dissertation "On the Origin, History and Connection of the Languages of Western Asia and of Europe.".

  • Published: 1828
  • Edition: FIRST EDITION
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An American Dictionary of the English Language

WEBSTER, Noah (1758-1853)

New York: published by S. Converse, printed by Hezekiah Howe of New Haven, 1828. 2 volumes, quarto. (11 1/8 x 9 inches). Engraved portrait frontispiece of Webster by A.B. Durand after S.F.B. Morse at the front of vol.I, "Additions and Corrections" leaf bound at the end of vol.II. Expertly bound to style in diced russia over contemporary marbled-paper covered boards, spines with semi-raised bands divided into five compartments, ruled on either side of each band, lettered in gilt in the second and fourth compartments, marbled endpapers and edges. First edition of the most important American dictionary, the "most ambitious publication ever undertaken, up to that time, upon American soil" (Grolier "American 100") and a prize to be cherished by any American who cares about their native tongue. This copy with provenance of a mayor of New York City. Noah Webster, teacher, lawyer and lexicographer, was also "an ardent nationalist and he wanted to stress the political separation from England by the cultivation of a separate American language" (PMM). Starting work on the American Dictionary in 1800, "Webster set a new standard for etymological investigation, and for accuracy of definition ('a born definer of words' - Sir James Murray), and included 70,000 words, as against the 58,000 of any previous dictionary" (Grolier American 100). This dictionary represents the culmination of Webster's indefatigable dedication to providing his country with its first comprehensive modern dictionary. The American Dictionary was printed in an initial edition of just 2500 copies at $20 for the two volumes. The valuable introductory material contains his thesis on the development of languages, and also his philosophical and practical grammar of the English language. Importantly, the present copy includes the "Additions and Corrections" leaf at the end of the second volume, which is sometimes lacking. The Dictionary "at once became, and has remained, the standard English dictionary in the United States... [it also] marked a definite advance in modern lexicography, as it included many non-literary terms and paid attention to the language actually spoken ... In fact, Webster succeeded in breaking the fetters imposed upon American English by Dr. [Samuel] Johnson, ... to the ultimate benefit of the living languages of both countries" (PMM). This copy with interesting provenance to Walter Bowne, Mayor of New York from 1829-1833. Grolier, American 100, 36; Printing and the Mind of Man 291; Sabin 102335; Skeel 583.

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An American Dictionary of the English Language

WEBSTER, Noah (1758-1853)

New York: published by S. Converse, printed by Hezekiah Howe of New Haven, 1828. 2 volumes, quarto. (11 1/16 x 9 inches). Engraved portrait frontispiece of Webster by A.B. Durand after S.F.B. Morse at the front of vol.I, "Additions and Corrections" leaf bound at the end of vol.II. Expertly bound to style in half russia over period marbled paper covered boards, spine with raised bands, lettered in the second and fourth compartments. First edition of the most important American dictionary, the "most ambitious publication ever undertaken, up to that time, upon American soil" (Grolier "American 100") and a prize to be cherished by any American who cares about their native tongue. The American Dictionary was printed in an initial edition of just 2500 copies, uncut in boards or full calf, at $20 for the two volumes. Importantly, the present copy includes the "Additions and Corrections" leaf at the end of the second volume, which is sometimes lacking. Webster's best-known work is significant for a string of reasons: according to Printing and the Mind of Man the Dictionary "at once became, and has remained, the standard English dictionary in the United States... [it also] marked a definite advance in modern lexicography, as it included many non-literary terms and paid attention to the language actually spoken ... In fact, Webster succeeded in breaking the fetters imposed upon American English by Dr. [Samuel] Johnson, ... to the ultimate benefit of the living languages of both countries". To sum up: the American Dictionary was "one of the great contributions towards mass education ... [in the United States, placing] correct spelling and usage within the reach of Everyman" (Grolier American 100). Noah Webster, teacher, lawyer and lexicographer, was also "an ardent nationalist and he wanted to stress the political separation from England by the cultivation of a separate American language" (PMM). Starting work on the American Dictionary in 1800, "Webster set a new standard for etymological investigation, and for accuracy of definition ('a born definer of words' - Sir James Murray), and included 70,000 words, as against the 58,000 of any previous dictionary." (Grolier American 100). This two-volume quarto dictionary represents the culmination of Webster's indefatigable dedication to providing his country with its first comprehensive modern dictionary. The valuable introductory material contains his thesis on the development of languages, and also his philosophical and practical grammar of the English language. Grolier American 100 36; Printing & the Mind of Man 291; Sabin 102335; Skeel 583.

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"An American dictionary of the English language; containing the whole vocabulary of the first edition in two volumes quarto; the entire corrections and improvements of the second edition in two volumes royal octavo; to which is prefixed and introductory dissertation on the origin, history, and connection of the languages ... Revised and enlarged by Chauncey A. Goodrich."

"Webster, Noah."

Springfield: George & Charles Merriam. 1848. "First edition of the first Merriam-Webster dictionary; thick 4to, pp. lxxxiv, 1367; engraved frontis portrait after Samuel F.B. Morse (slightly offset onto title-p.); full original sheep, gilt lettered direct on spine; some rubbing and wear, but sound."

  • Published: 1848
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An American dictionary of the English language; containing the whole vocabulary of the first edition in two volumes quarto ... Revised and enlarged by Chauncey Goodrich

"Webster, Noah."

Springfield: George & Charles Merriam. 1849. "Second printing of the first Webster dictionary published by the Merriams, large, thick 4to, pp. lxxxiv, 1367; engraved portrait of Webster by Andrews after Samuel F.B. Morse, text in triple column; full original sheep, black morocco label on spine; minor wear, but on the whole a very good, sound copy, and better than most. A Merriam incunable, preceded only by the 1848 printing of the same, and the 1845 issue of the unsold sheets of the 1841 edition in 2 volumes, with cancelled Merriam title-pp. and other additions (see Skeel 588). An 1847 Merriam edition as reported first by Leavitt and subsequently by Burkett is by all accounts a ghost. The book was surely published on September 24th, 1847, but almost as surely with a title dated 1848, as no copy of an 1847 edition is extant."

  • Published: 1849
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An American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster, Noah

Springfield, MA: George and Charles Merriam, 1848. First Merriam Webster Edition. Leather bound. 1367pp. Very thick quarto [27 cm] Brown leather with a black leather spine label. Marbled edges and endsheets. Good. The covers and spine are rubbed and have numerous dark stains. There are a couple of scrapes in the leather of the rear board. The longer scrape measures 2 and 1/2 inches. There is a large loss from the leather at the foot of the spine that measures 2 and 1/4 inches tall by 1 and 1/4 inches wide. The marbled edges are faded. There are five or so very small dark stains on the edges of the text block. The edges of the endsheets are darkened, and the flyleaves are mildly soiled. There is a contemporary owner's name on the front free endsheet. The frontispiece is offset on the surrounding pages. There is a former owner's ink stamp on the front flyleaf. There is a contemporary owner's name, along with a brief notation, on the top edge of the Preface page. This notation is faintly mirrored on the title page. There is another contemporary owner's name in pen on the rear flyleaf that is also offset on surrounding pages. There are stains in the centers of pp. 364-422. The largest and darkest stains are in the middle of this section, and measure 1 and 1/4 inches tall by 1 and 1/4 inches wide. The stains do not obscure the text. Occasional light staining, very small dark stains and foxing on the pages. There are sporadic light moisture stains in the corners and edges of the pages. The larger stains are 3 inches tall by 3 inches wide, and they become slightly darker on the last several pages. The pages are mildly browned. The book is sturdy. Noah Webster strongly believed in developing the cultural independence of the United States, a chief component of which was to be a distinctive American language with its own idiom, pronunciation, and style.

  • Published: 1848
  • Edition: First Merriam Webster Edition
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AN AMERICAN DICTIONARY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

Webster, Noah

New York. Harper & Brothers, Publishers. 1847. First printing of the 1847 revised edition. Quarto. Binding in full leather with black label on spine. Good condition but with an old appearing small leather repair at left top of spine. Very scarce. Three page preface by Chauncey Goodrich dated September 24, 1847.

  • Condition: Good
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