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JOHNSON'S DICTIONARY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE, IN MINIATURE; To which are added, an Alphabetical Account of the Heathen Deities; a List of the Cities, Boroughs and Market Towns, in England and Wales; a Copious Chronology; and a concise Epitome of the Most Remarkable Events during the French Revolution by  Dr. Samuel [Miniature: Dictionary] Johnson - First Miniature Edition - 1800 - from Borg Antiquarian (SKU: 92)

JOHNSON'S DICTIONARY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE, IN MINIATURE; To which are added, an Alphabetical Account of the Heathen Deities; a List of the Cities, Boroughs and Market Towns, in England and Wales; a Copious Chronology; and a concise Epitome of the Most Remarkable Events during the French Revolution

JOHNSON'S DICTIONARY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE, IN MINIATURE; To which are added, an Alphabetical Account of the Heathen Deities; a List of the Cities, Boroughs and Market Towns, in England and Wales; a Copious Chronology; and a concise Epitome of the Most Remarkable Events during the French Revolution

by Johnson, Dr. Samuel [Miniature: Dictionary]

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London: Longman and Rees, 1800. First Miniature Edition. Tooled leather with gilding. Very Good. Cook. 12mo, tooled and gilt-stamped leather with four hubs, engraved frontispiece of Dr. Johnson by Cook, frontis. & t.p. + [iii-iv] advert. + 284 pages. Very Rare! [Edited by Rev. Joseph Hamilton.] Handy edition of the redoubtable Dr. Johnson's famous dictionary with its marvellous definitions. Published in 1800 during the raging Napoleonic wars with France (see also the somewhat later inscription to a French ship's captain below). Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), or more commonly "Dr. Johnson" or "the Great Cham," was a brilliant English writer, devout Anglican and Tory, who made his reputation as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and most lastingly as a lexicographer. His Dictionary of the English Language is noteworthy for its extent, comprehensiveness, and use of pithy definitions. James Boswell, of course, memorialized the life and sayings of the great doctor. So uncommon, it has NOT been identified by Courtney & Smith, Johnson Bibliography with Supplement, e.g., pp.57-59. The eighth edition of A Dictionary of the English Language appeared in 1799; the ninth edition in 1805. The upper cap of the spine is missing and the volume is rubbed with wear evident along the hinges and corners, but the sewing is strong and the pages are clean with minimal toning. Minor brown offset from the fine engraved frontispiece of Dr. Johnson onto the title page. Bookstamp of bookseller "E. Desbois, Bordeaux"; marbled endpapers. Interesting ink presentation on ffe: "To / J [or "T"] Beck Esqr. / commanding the French / packett Esteva on / her passage from Bordeaux / to Vera Cruz in Nov. 1831 ~ by his most obedt / humble servant / L. L. Becker"

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Borg Antiquarian US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
92
Title
JOHNSON'S DICTIONARY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE, IN MINIATURE; To which are added, an Alphabetical Account of the Heathen Deities; a List of the Cities, Boroughs and Market Towns, in England and Wales; a Copious Chronology; and a concise Epitome of the Most Remarkable Events during the French Revolution
Author
Johnson, Dr. Samuel [Miniature: Dictionary]
Illustrator
Cook
Format/binding
Tooled leather with gilding
Book condition
Used - Very Good
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Edition
First Miniature Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Longman and Rees
Place of Publication
London
Date published
1800
Keywords
Enlightenment, 18th century, fine binding, dictionary, chronology, epitome, French Revolution, engraving, Dr. Johnson
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BorgAntiquarian (ABAA & ILAB) is a dealer long engaged in selling exceptional collectibles: rare and fine books, autographs and manuscripts, fine art and artifacts. We are generalists in Americana, English & American literature, plus selected authors & important figures (Dickens & Darwin; presidents & 'signers'; scientists & historical figures; Revolutionary & Civil War militaria).

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