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WALKER, John (1732--1807)
A critical pronouncing dictionary, and expositor of the English language: in which, not only the meaning of every word is clearly explained, and the sound of every syllable distinctly shown, but where words are subject to different pronunciations, the authorities of our best pronouncing dictionaries are fully exhibited, ... and the preferable pronunciation is pointed out: to which are prefixed, principles of English pronunciation, in which the sounds of letters, syllables, and words, are critically investigated and systematically arranged; ... Likewise, rules to be observed by the natives of Scotland, Ireland, and London, for avoiding their respective peculiarities; and directions to foreigners, for acquiring a knowledge of the use of this dictionary. The whole interspersed with observations, etymological, critical, and grammatical. By John Walker, ... The third edition; with considerable improvements, and large additions.
London: printed at the Oriental Press, by Wilson and Co. for the author; sold by G. and J. Robinson, and T. Cadell, Jun. and W. Davies, 1802.
88, [520] p. ; 28.1 cm. (4º)

First published in 1791. Introduction in two columns, the dictionary (unpaginated) is in three columns. Final page of publisher's advertisements for other books by Walker, leader of the 'mechanical' school of elocution as opposed to the 'natural' school led by Thomas Sheridan (q.v.) as well as an orthoepist and lexicographer (ODNB). Alston V.336 (1st ed.).

Copy Notes Bought from Thomas Boone for £1 1s., 23 June 1808. (Spiers Box). With Boone's price and code in pencil on front free-endpaper. Earlier pencil price on rear pastedown 1-15-0.

Binding C19th sprinkled calf, gilt-ruled borders and spine, red morocco spine-label.

Reference Number 1138


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