Lot 65 of 253:
First authorized quarto edition Johnson's Dictionary 1785  

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Title:
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
Author:
Johnson, Samuel
Place:
London
Publisher:
J.F. and C. Rivington, et al
Date:
1785
Description:

2 volumes. (4to) 27.5x22 cm. (10¾x8½") early full diced calf, modern rebacking. Sixth Edition.

First authorized quarto edition, sixth edition overall. Preceded by a pirate Dublin quarto edition the previous year. Issued the year after Johnson’s death in 1784. Bedford family armorial bookplate with Che Sara Sara motto on banner.

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Condition:
Light wear and foxing; near fine.
 
Item number:
283591
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