Dictionary of the English Language : In Which The Words are deduced from their originals, Explained in their Different Meanings and Authorized by the Names of the Writers in whose Works they are found. Abstracted from the Folio Edition
Place Published: London
Publisher: Printed for J. F. & C. Rivington, L. Davis, T. Longman and others
Date Published: 1792
Edition: Tenth edition
Book Id: 41380
Thick octavo [22 cm] Rebound in plain red cloth covered boards with a gilt stamped title on the spine. Good. The covers are rubbed. The underlying boards are peeking through at the corners. The front hinge is loose. The rear endsheet is cracked along the hinge. There is a two inch closed tear in the top edge of the rear free endsheet. Brief contemporary notations and pen marks on the title page. The top right corner of the title page has been torn out, obscuring a very small portion of the title.
Abstracted from the Folio Edition. Samuel Johnson's father was a bookseller, and Johnson attributed much of his education to the fact that he grew up in a bookstore. Johnson's dictionary of the English language was a project he began in 1746 with the aid of six assistants. The task was finally finished in 1755. The dictionary bears his personal touch. It is known for its precise definitions and for its examples, which derive from Johnson's reading of two hundred years of English literature.