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    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; T. and T. Longman; C. Hitch and L. Hawes; A. Millar; and R. and J. Dodsley, 1755. First edition. Two volumes; folio (16.1875 x 9.875 inches; 412 x 251 mm.). Unpaginated; signature collation: [A]² B-K² a-c² d¹ ²B-²K² L-13A² 13B¹ (signed 13B-14Z); [*]¹ 15A-16Z² 17A¹ (signed 17A-17Z) 18A-22E² 22F¹ (signed 22F-22Z) 23A-27D² 27E¹ (signed 27E-28Z) 29A-31C². Title-pages printed in red and black; text in two columns; ornamental woodcut tail-pieces. Contemporary speckled calf boards, rebacked to style; spine in seven compartments, with six raised bands, older gilt-lettered morocco labels in red and dark green; boards and spines doubled ruled in black; corners refreshed; page edges sprinkled red; plain endpapers. Boards with some light wear and minor surface scuffs; board edges somewhat worn; corners bumped. Page edges very lightly soiled; margins of the endpapers and preliminary and terminal leaves with some faint offsetting from leather; some leaves faintly tanned, usually more so in the inner columns, but the text is generally quite bright overall; 5C1 and 7A2 in the first volume and 19G1 in the second volume with a corner torn, potentially affecting just a single letter of printed text in the catchword of 5C1; brief later marginal notes on 16I2 recto; only occasional faint marginal soiling, with small faint tidemarks to the upper margin of the first few gatherings in the second volume. Near fine. ESTC T117231. Rothschild 1237. Grolier, 100 English, 50. Printing and the Mind of Man 201 ("The Most Amazing, Enduring and Endearing One-Man Feat in the Field of Lexicography"). From a Private Collection in St. Charles, IL.



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