PREFACE BY DR. JOHNSON

A Dictionary of ancient Geography, explaining the local Appellations in sacred, Grecian, and Roman History; exhibiting the Extent of Kingdoms, and Situations of Cities, &c. And illustrating the Allusions and Epithets in the Greek and Roman Poets. The Whole established by proper Authorities, and designed for the Use of Schools ...

London, G. Robinson and T. Cadell, 1773.

8vo, pp. iv, [628], printed in double columns; a very good copy in contemporary speckled calf, some surface wear, upper joint and extremities of spine neatly restored; from the library of the Earls of Granard, with contemporary ink signature on the title and engraved armorial bookplate.

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First edition. Alexander Macbean was one Dr. Johnson’s Dictionary scribes. To Mrs. Thrale’s inquiry concerning him Johnson replied: ‘Madam, he is a Scotchman; he is man of great learning … he knows many languages … I advised him to write a geographical dictionary; but I have lost all hopes … since I found he gave as much labour to Capua as to Rome’ (Hazen). Johnson expresses rather more admiration for the book in the Preface that he wrote for the author: ‘We have hitherto had very little assistance in ancient Geography …. A work like this has long been wanted: I would willingly flatter myself that the want is now supplied …’

Alston XI, 118; O’Neill M-1; Fleeman 73.6MD; Courtney & Nichol Smith, p. 116; Hazen, Prefaces & Dedications, pp. 132-6.

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