1837 EDITION OF JOHNSON’S LANDMARK DICTIONARY, HANDSOMELY BOUND
JOHNSON, Samuel. A Dictionary of the English Language. London: Printed for T. Tegg et al., 1837. Two volumes. Quarto, modern three-quarter brown morocco gilt, raised bands, red morocco spine labels, marbled boards, uncut. $2500.
Later edition of Johnson’s landmark Dictionary—the work that “had, in philology, the effect which Newton’s discoveries had in mathematics” (Noah Webster)—handsomely bound.
“Johnson performed with his Dictionary the most amazing, enduring and endearing one-man feat in the field of lexicography” (PMM 201). “The authority of Johnson’s work has colored every dictionary of English that has since been compiled” (Hitchings, 5). With engraved frontispiece portrait of Johnson in Volume I.
A fine copy, handsomely bound.