8vo, pp. iv, , 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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