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. In two Volumes.— Vol. I [-II]. The sixth Edition …

London: Printed for J. F and C. Rivington [and 27 others]. 1785.

2 vols. 4to., printed in weekly parts, wanting the half-title and terminal blank in Vol. I, the frontispiece portrait of Johnson bound at the beginning of Vol. II (dated, as always, 1786: it was executed while printing was in progress); internally a very good copy in worn contemporary calf, solidly rebacked, boards rubbed, edges and corners very worn; the binder has inserted two unnecessary blanks between the letters W and Y, overlooking the printed note that ‘X is a letter, which … begins no word in the English language'.


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Sixth edition. This is the first London quarto edition (preceded by the Dublin quarto of 1775), the first published after Johnson’s death, and the first with a portrait. Although the last edition of the Dictionary which Johnson revised before publication was the fourth (1773), he made further manuscript corrections and additions in a copy of that edition which he left in his will to Sir Joshua Reynolds, and these were incorporated into the present edition.

Fleeman 55.4D/8.

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