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...the Sixth Edition.
London: Printed for J. F. and C. Rivington, L. Davis, T. Payne and Son...MDCCLXXXV (1785). 2 vols., 4to., 551 leaves; 545 leaves; engraved frontispiece in vol. I. Rebacked contemporary blind-tooled tree calf, five raised bands, backstrip with red and black morocco labels with titling stamped in gilt. Board edges somewhat rubbed, minor scattered foxing; very good. Sixth edition, second quarto edition. The work was printed by several different printers, both as impressions for weekly publication and for publication in volumes. Johnsons Dictionary was viewed as the prominent dictionary of its time, and the foremost on the English language until the Oxford English Dictionary was published almost 200 years later. Unlike most modern dictionaries Johnson included humor and prejudice into many definitions: "Oats. n.s. [aten, Saxon.] A grain, which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland supports the people." Fleeman 55.4D/8
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