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    "The Most Amazing, Enduring and Endearing One-Man Feat in the Field of Lexicography"

    Samuel Johnson. 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 history of the language, and an English grammar. London: Printed by W. Strahan, for J. and P. Knapton..., 1755.

    First edition of "the most amazing, enduring and endearing one-man feat in the field of lexicography" (Printing and the Mind of Man). Two folio volumes (16 5/8 x 10 1/4 inches; 422 x 260 mm.). Unpaginated. Text in double columns. Title-pages printed in red and black. Decorative woodcut tail-pieces.

    Contemporary mottled calf, neatly rebacked to style. Covers with gilt double-rule border, spine decoratively tooled in gilt in compartments with red and black morocco gilt lettering labels, board edges decoratively tooled in gilt, marbled edges and endpapers. Joints neatly repaired at head and tail of spine. Repaired paper flaw in the upper margin of 6Q1 in Volume I, a few additional marginal tears and paper flaws. Occasional light foxing and browning. Single wormhole in the lower margin from 24R1 to the end. Early ink signature of Mary E. Borlase at head of title in Volume I and Mary E. Eady at head of title in Volume II. Armorial bookplate of M. E. E. (Mary E. Eady) and modern gilt morocco bookplate on front pastedowns. Overall, an excellent copy.

    Courtney and Nichol Smith, pp. 54-55. Grolier, 100 English, 50. Printing and the Mind of Man 201. Rothschild 1237.

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