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American Dictionary Of the English Language

By Webster, Noah





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An American Dictionary of the English Language (Two Volumes, Complete)

Webster, Noah

NY: S. Converse. Very Good with no dust jacket. 1828. First Printing. Hard Cover. FIRST EDITION (one of only 2,500 copies). Quarter bound in light brown calf over original black boards, spines in six compartments separated by raised bands, gilt lettering on burgundy labels in one compartment, volume numbers, gilt, in one compartment, date blind-stamped in lowest compartment. Engraved frontispiece portrait of Noah Webster painted by F.S.B. Morse, engraved by A. R. Durand, and printed by J.R. Burton. The volumes printed by Hezekiah Howe of New Haven, Connecticut. Copyright dated April 14, 1828. Includes: Preface (3 pp.); Introduction (46 pp.); Advertisment (4 pp.); Philosophical and Practical Grammar, &c. (29 pp.); Directions for the Pronunciation of Words (2 pp.); Alphabets (1 pp.); the sections comprising definitions under each letter are printed in three columns and are unpaginated; Additions and Corrections (2 pp.). First edition of the most important American dictionary, the "most ambitious publication ever undertaken, up to that time, upon American soil" (Grolier "American 100"). [Grolier, American 36][PMM 291][Skeel 583][Sabin 102335].. Expertly rebacked, new endpapers over original marbled endpapers. Corners rubbed and worn, text blocks tight and square, hinges strong, paper supple, very little foxing. Former owner's names (Thomas S. Nelson and Benjamin Wright) in elegant hands on first preliminary page, otherwise unmarked. An extremely handsome and well preserved copy. A large and heavy set. VERY GOOD.. Engraved Frontispiece Portrait. 4to 11" - 13" tall .

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An American dictionary of the English language: intended to exhibit, I. the origin II. the genuine orthography III. accurate and discriminating definitions (2 Volume Set)

Noah Webster

New York : S. Converse, 1828-01-01. First Edition. Hardcover. Good. 2 volume set. First edition. Modern red leather, gilt ruled and embellished. Black leather spine labels. Fine binding and cover. Hand-made marbled end pages. Portrait of Webster. Pencil marks to front blanks. Contemporary owner's names on FEP up to title page. Eatonton, Georgia. Some tanning and scattered foxing. Additions leaf at end of volume. <br><br> Grolier, 100 American, 36. Printing and the Mind of Man 291. Sabin 102335. Skeel 583. HBS 64738. <br><br> Webster's dictionary was a monumental work which took 26 years to complete. Webster learned 28 languages to evaluate etymology. His dictionary contained nearly 70,000 words, 12,000 of which had never appeared in a dictionary before. (Noteably: skunk, squash, hickory, and chowder. ) Webster's dictionary was extremely important in establishing standardized definitions and spellings for American words and usage; such as color v. colour and music v. musick. "This dictionary almost at once became, and has remained, the standard English Dictionary in the United States marked a definite advance in modern lexicography, as it included many non-literary terms and paid great attention to the language actually spoken." PMM, 291

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An American dictionary of the English language; first edition in octavo, containing the whole vocabulary of the quarto, with corrections, improvements, and several thousand additional words: to which is prefixed an 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. [2 volumes]

Webster, Noah

New Haven: Published by the author, 1841. Volume 1: frontispiece, lxxvi, 938p; volume two, 1004p. 27cm. First octavo edition. Bound in full leather with brown morocco spine labels and titling in gilt; all edges marbled; marbled endpapers. Contemporary bookplate on the front cover pastedowns. Covers are rubbed, edges rubbed, short tear in the bottom joint of volume one, corners are bumped, and not terribly skinned; spine ends show wear; frontispiece tissue guard browned, foxing; slight tobacco odor. In very good condition.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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$900.00

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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. .

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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.

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An American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster, Noah

New York. Fair. 1828. Full-Leather. Fair full leather hardcover edition. Bound in a single volume, the preface states "preface to the 1828 edition". The title page is missing and the last page of supplementary diagrams is 1766, we presume that is all, but selling AS IS. The spine is covered over with cloths but with the original title label attached and the front and back boards are both present and attached to the binding. The leather is worn and has scuffs, board edges have worn completely through in places. Marbled endpapers. Too many fine points of description to list them all. Photos are available. ; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 1766 pages .

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$580.00

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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.

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AN AMERICAN DICTIONARY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE; CONTAINING THE WHOLE VOCABULARY OF THE FIRST EDITION IN TWO VOLUMES QUARTO ... TO WHICH IS PREFIXED AN INTRODUCTORY DISSERTATION ..

Noah Webster

Springfield, Mass: George and Charles Merriam, 1848. First Merriam Edition. Full Leather. Very Good binding. A more than presentable copy of the First Merriam Edition of the most significant dictionary in America. In full calf, with raised bands and with morocco title label. With the frontispiece of Webster, still with tissue guard and marbled endpapers. Scattered foxing throughout. The first Merriam Webster dictionary; Vancil (p. 262) lists this as the first Merriam printing. (Vancil, p. 262). Very Good binding.

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$500.00

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An American dictionary of the English language: thoroughly revised and greatly enlarged and improved by C.A. Goodrich and Noah Porter

Noah Webster

Springfield: G. & C. Merriam, 1882. cover wear, front cover loose with minor separation from back strip.. 1852pp. Five (5) panel back strip. Webster's Unabridged Dictionary with Supplements. Presentation copy to "Mary C. Merriam" (partially worn/rubbed away) stamped on front cover. Fine leather binding with gilt and black stamping. Combed marble end papers and fore edge. Engraved frontispiece of Noah Webster and title page with Webster in his library on title page. Chromolithograph page with Arms of the States and Territories of the American Union In-text line drawn illustrations. Text block in excellent condition. Additional postage will be added, packaged weight 14 lbs.

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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..

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$400.00

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. Book. Good. Hardcover. 11&3/8" by 8&1/2". 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)..

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$395.00

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An American Dictionary Of the English Language

Webster, Noah

Harper and Brothers, 01/01/49. Hardcover. Good. 1152pp+113pp. 24.5cm. Full leather, though cracked. Text block is sound with scattered mild foxing.

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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 ...

Noah Webster

New York: Harper &amp; Brothers Publishers, 1843. Revised Edition. Full Leather. Good/No Dj. Larger 8vo. 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...

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$300.00

An American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster, Noah

Springfield, MA: George and Charles Merriam, 1853. Revised Edition . Full Leather. Very Good/No Jacket. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Revised and enlarged by Chauncy Goodrich, contains 1367 pp., engraved frontispiece, title page foxed, scattered light foxing throughout; last hundred pages have marginal water stain on a few pages infringing slightly on the pronunciation tables. Covers and spine are quite scuffed.

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$275.00