A Dictionary Of the English Language

by Johnson, Samuel

Surprising, colorful, and long-forgotten entries from the most famous dictionary in the history of the English language

Samuel Johnson's best-known work, A Dictionary of the English Language (1755), is the most influential and idiosyncratic lexicon ever written and was used by Jane Austen and Charles Dickens, the Brontës and the Brownings, Thomas Hardy and Oscar Wilde. This anthology includes 4,000 of the most representative, entertaining, and historically fascinating entries, covering subjects from fashion to food, science to sex, and given in full with original spelling and examples of usage from Shakespeare to Milton.

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London: by W. Strahan, for J. and P. Knapton; T. and T. Longman; C. Hitch and L. Hawes; A. Millar; and R. and J. Dodsley, 1755. Johnson's Dictionary, the first great endeavour of its kind First edition. The creation of the dictionary was Johnson's greatest literary labour. Helped by a succession of needy amanuenses who worked in the surprisingly… Read more
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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

by Johnson, Samuel

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London: Printed by W. Strahan, for J. and P. Knapton..., 1755. The Most Amazing, Enduring and Endearing One-Man Feat in the Field of Lexicography" 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… Read more
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A Dictionary Of The English Language...

by JOHNSON, Samuel [1709-1784].

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A Dictionary of the English Language: In Which the Words and Their Origins 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.

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A dictionary of the English language: In which the words are deduced from the..

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A Dictionary of the English Language

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London: T Tegg and Son, 1837. Leather. Good. 11" by 9". None. A two volume set of this landmark dictionary, which was a pioneering work in the discipline of philology. To the first volume Johnson discusses the history of the English language in great detail. 'A Dictionary of the English Language' took Johnson… Read more
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A Dictionary of the English Language

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A Dictionary of the English Language: In Which the Words are Deduced from Their Originals...

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A DICTIONARY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE:

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London: T.T. & J. Tegg, 73 Cheapside, 1833. A DICTIONARY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE: in which the words are deduced from their originals, and illustrated in their different significantions by the examples from the best writers to which are perfixed. A History of the Languages and An English Grammar. 2 VOLUMES COMPLETE. Engraved frontispiece portrait of the author. 1029; 1084pp.… Read more
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A Dictionary Of The English Language

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A Dictionary of the English Language:

by JOHNSON, Samuel

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Dictionary of the English Language.

by Samuel Johnson

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London: J. Johnson, C. Dilly, G. G. & J. Robinson, et al. 1799, 1799. 8.5"x10.75". .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.; The Eighth Edition, Corrected and Revised in Two Volumes; 3/4 leather… Read more
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Philadelphia: Jacob Johnson & Co, 1805. First American edition of Johnson's dictionary, here printed in abridged form, and based on the London octavos; thick 8vo, pp. xl, [2], unpaginated lexicon in double column; full contemporary calf, red morocco label on spine; spine vertically creased causing looseness to one or two internal leaves, otherwise very good and sound. Contains the… Read more
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London: Printed for J. F. and C. Rivington, [et al.], 17886. Two volumes. Quarto, contemporary calf neatly rebacked (hardcover, leather), calf labels. Fine engraved portrait (dated 1786, as always, and executed during printing process). This edition contains the original Preface, History of the English Language, &c., and the Advertisement to the Fourth Edition. Good; joints… Read more
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London, printed for A. Millar: W. Strahan, 1766. Third edition of the abridged octavo version. 2 vols. 8vo. Un-numbered leaves, collates: *2, a-c4, A-3Y4, 3Z2; *1, 4A2, 4B-6Y4, 6Z2. Modern tan calf with gilt ruled covers and fully gilt spines with contrasting lettering and numbering pieces, bound to style. Partially illegible ownership signature (Wilkins) to volume one, and of… Read more
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Printed for J. Johnson, C. Dilly, G. C and J. Robinson, etc......London.,1799. TWO VOLUMES. 4to.(11.3 x 98.8 inches). Eighth edition, corrected and Revised. Portrait frontispiece in volume one engraved by Heath after the painting by Sir Joshua Reynolds and dated January 1st, 1799. A very good clean set. Finely bound in period style mid twentieth century full brown calf.… Read more
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London: and J. Dodsley; and M. and T. Longman 1760. 8vo. In 2 volumes complete. Volume I: A - K. Volume II: L - Z. The second edition, corrected. Unpaginated. Recently bound in full speckled calf. Raised bands to spines with red & green morocco title labels. New endpapers. Printed in double columns. Leaves age-darkened. With 'A Grammar of the… Read more
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Dictionary of the English Language

by JOHNSON, Samuel

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1818
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1818. JOHNSON, Samuel. A Dictionary of the English Language: In Which the Words Are Deduced from Their Originals, Illustrated in Their Different Significations by Examples from the Best Writers. To Which Are Prefixed a History of the Language, and an English Grammar. Phila.: Moses Thomas, 1818. 4to. 2 Vols. 1st American ed. Portrait frontis. Rebound in period style full… Read more
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