“THE MOST AMAZING, ENDURING AND ENDEARING ONE-MAN FEAT”
JOHNSON, Samuel. Dictionary of the English Language. London, 1755. Two volumes.
First edition of the first great dictionary of the English language, Johnson’s “audacious attempt to tame his unruly native tongue… combining huge erudition with a steely wit and remarkable clarity of thought” (Hitchings, 3)—“Johnson’s writings had, in philology, the effect which Newton’s discoveries had in mathematics.” An unusually tall, wide-margined copy, beautifully bound. $36,000.