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JOHNSON, Samuel (1709--1785)
[Dictionary. 1755]
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. By Samuel Johnson, A.M. In two volumes. ... The second edition.
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--56.
2 vols ; 41.4 cm. (2º)
I: [1160] p.
II: [1486] p.

The first edition was also published in 1755 (on 14 June). Published in 165 weekly numbers at 6d. each. 'Demand fell off as the work proceeded, and Strahan reduced the number of copies accordingly from just under 2,300 copies of the early numbers, to 768 copies of vol. II. This figure is therefore the maximum number possible of complete copies, making this the smallest and possibly the scarcest of the folio editions. There are some minor textual variants in this edition, which was entirely reset from the first; most obviously they occur in the abbreviation of the authorities cited' (Fleeman). See J.D. Fleeman, A bibliography of the works of Samuel Johnson (Oxford 2000), 55.4D/2.; W.P. Courtney & N. Smith, A bibliography of Samuel Johnson (New Castle, Del.: Oak Knoll, 1984), p. 54; J. H. Sledd and G. J. Kolb, Dr. Johnson's Dictionary: essays in the biography of a book (Chicago 1955), pp. 111--114; Printing and the Mind of Man, 201. ESTC t14931; Alston, V 178.

Copy Notes A copy of 'Johnson's Dictionary / Russia' was bought from Floyer for £4 14s. 6d., 20 June 1803. (Acct Book 1792--1805, loose sheet). The present copy, however, is not in a russia calf binding, and the Floyer purchase may represent another copy no longer in Soane's library.

Binding C18th sprinkled calf, gilt-tooled and double-ruled spines, red and black morocco spine-labels, the latter with gilt-tooled eagle ornament.

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