Lot

38

Samuel JOHNSON (1709-1784). A Dictionary of the English Language: in Which the Words are Deduced

In AntiquarianAuctions.com US Online Rare Books, ...

This auction is live! You need to be registered and approved to bid at this auction.
You have been outbid. For the best chance of winning, increase your maximum bid.
Your bid or registration is pending approval with the auctioneer. Please check your email account for more details.
Unfortunately, your registration has been declined by the auctioneer. You can contact the auctioneer on +44 (0)20-3695-3172 for more information.
You are the current highest bidder! To be sure to win, log in for the live auction broadcast on or increase your max bid.
Leave a bid now! Your registration has been successful.
Sorry, bidding has ended on this item. We have thousands of new lots everyday, start a new search.
Bidding on this auction has not started. Please register now so you are approved to bid when auction starts.
1/2
Bidding has ended
Interested in the price of this lot?
Subscribe to the price guide
-
Samuel JOHNSON (1709-1784). A Dictionary of the English Language: in Which the Words are Deduced from Their Originals

1st AMERICAN Edition. - Samuel JOHNSON (1709-1784).


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 … First American, from the eleventh London edition … To which are added, Walker’s Principles of English pronunciation. Philadelphia: published by Moses Thomas, J. Maxwell printer, 1818. 2 volumes, large quarto (10 ¾ x 8 5/8 inches; 273 x 219mm). Engraved portrait of Johnson at the front of vol.I, the lexicon in triple columns with pages unpaginated. (Toned and spotted).Contemporary half diced Russia, spines gilt, marbled endpapers (worn, spines damaged, joints split, inner hinges with old repairs using cloth). Provenance: John C. Montgomery (signatures); Joseph S. Clarke, “Valley Forge, Penna.” (inscriptions).


The first complete American edition of perhaps the most famous dictionary ever published: abridged versions Johnson’s Dictionary had been published as early as 1804, but this is first US edition of the full text.  The Dictionary was first published in two folio volumes in 1755, the present edition is perhaps most reminiscent of the first authorized quarto edition (also in two volumes) and published in 1785.


"More enduringly significant than the European influence of the Dictionary was its influence across the Atlantic. The American adoption of the Dictionary was a momentous event not just in its history, but in the history of lexicography. For Americans in the second half of the eighteenth century, Johnson was the seminal authority on language, and the subsequent development of American lexicography was coloured by his fame." (Henry Hitchings, Defining the World: The Extraordinary Story of Dr Johnson's Dictionary, [2005], p. 244).


Noah Webster strongly disapproved of Johnson’s Dictionary, although his opinion of the author in general could not have been more positive: noting that Johnson was “one of the greatest men that the English nations has ever produced”. Perhaps spurred on by the publication of the present work, ten years later, Webster published his final rebuttal An American dictionary of the English Language.


Alston V HBS 67202; American Imprints 44473; Courtney & Smith p.58-60; Fleeman 55.4D/21a.


Philadelphia
1818

For further details and and to bid visit AntiquarianAuctions.com
Samuel JOHNSON (1709-1784). A Dictionary of the English Language: in Which the Words are Deduced from Their Originals

1st AMERICAN Edition. - Samuel JOHNSON (1709-1784).


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 … First American, from the eleventh London edition … To which are added, Walker’s Principles of English pronunciation. Philadelphia: published by Moses Thomas, J. Maxwell printer, 1818. 2 volumes, large quarto (10 ¾ x 8 5/8 inches; 273 x 219mm). Engraved portrait of Johnson at the front of vol.I, the lexicon in triple columns with pages unpaginated. (Toned and spotted).Contemporary half diced Russia, spines gilt, marbled endpapers (worn, spines damaged, joints split, inner hinges with old repairs using cloth). Provenance: John C. Montgomery (signatures); Joseph S. Clarke, “Valley Forge, Penna.” (inscriptions).


The first complete American edition of perhaps the most famous dictionary ever published: abridged versions Johnson’s Dictionary had been published as early as 1804, but this is first US edition of the full text.  The Dictionary was first published in two folio volumes in 1755, the present edition is perhaps most reminiscent of the first authorized quarto edition (also in two volumes) and published in 1785.


"More enduringly significant than the European influence of the Dictionary was its influence across the Atlantic. The American adoption of the Dictionary was a momentous event not just in its history, but in the history of lexicography. For Americans in the second half of the eighteenth century, Johnson was the seminal authority on language, and the subsequent development of American lexicography was coloured by his fame." (Henry Hitchings, Defining the World: The Extraordinary Story of Dr Johnson's Dictionary, [2005], p. 244).


Noah Webster strongly disapproved of Johnson’s Dictionary, although his opinion of the author in general could not have been more positive: noting that Johnson was “one of the greatest men that the English nations has ever produced”. Perhaps spurred on by the publication of the present work, ten years later, Webster published his final rebuttal An American dictionary of the English Language.


Alston V HBS 67202; American Imprints 44473; Courtney & Smith p.58-60; Fleeman 55.4D/21a.


Philadelphia
1818

For further details and and to bid visit AntiquarianAuctions.com

AntiquarianAuctions.com US Online Rare Books, Maps & Prints and Photography Auction

Sale Date(s)
Venue Address
Online only auction
AntiquarianAuctions.com
-
-
United Kingdom

General delivery information available from the auctioneer

Registration on AntiquarianAuctions.com is free of charge.

As a successful bidder you will receive an invoice from the seller after the auction. The seller will only invoice the final selling price. We do not charge a buyer’s premium and no VAT applies.

The buyer pays for shipping and insurance costs which can be requested from the seller before the end of the sale.

Important Information

This is an online only auction. Please visit AntiquarianAuctions.com for further information about a lot and to bid.

Terms & Conditions

AntiquarianAuctions.com is an online rare book auction website. All lots are listed by recognised booksellers who have been vetted before being accepted to sell on the site. This allows buyers to bid with confidence and ensures that lots are accurately described.

Bidding will begin on 19 March at 14.30 (EST) and ends on 26 March at 14.30 (EST). Please follow the countdown on AntiquarianAuctions.com.

Please visit AntiquarianAuctions.com for further information about a lot and to bid

See Full Terms And Conditions

Tags: Dictionary, Folio