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A Dictionary of the English Language by Johnson Samuel  - Hardcover - 1820 - from Bird's Books (SKU: 644)

A Dictionary of the English Language

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A Dictionary of the English Language

by Johnson Samuel 

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London: . & J. Offor, W. Allason et al, London , 1820. Hardcover. Good. London: . & J. Offor, W. Allason et al, London , 1820. Good. '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'. Complete in 2 volumes. 4to, approx.11'' by 9''. Full leather binding, spine rebacked with gilt titles on spine, some edgewear to boards & bumped corners (see pictures). Mark on front pastedown where bookplate may have been, a couple of minor repairs, occasional foxing, but generally nice & clean inside. Vol. I 1029pp illustrated with frontispiece of Johnson, tear to page 451. Vol. II 1084ppType in 3 columes. Ex reference library with pictorial bookplate on rear pastedown, single stamp on rear endpaper & upper edge, handwritten number on reverse of title page, blind stamp on title & first page, occasionally elsewhere . No other obvious library markings, generally the inner books are clean & in very good condition for their age.


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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A Dictionary of the English Language
Johnson Samuel 
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. & J. Offor, W. Allason et al, London
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