Springfield, MA: George and Charles Merriam, 1848. First Merriam Webster Edition. Leather bound. 1367pp. Very thick quarto [27 cm] Brown leather with a black leather spine label. Marbled edges and endsheets. Good. The covers and spine are rubbed and have numerous dark stains. There are a couple of scrapes in the leather of the rear board. The longer scrape measures 2 and 1/2 inches. There is a large loss from the leather at the foot of the spine that measures 2 and 1/4 inches tall by 1 and 1/4 inches wide. The marbled edges are faded. There are five or so very small dark stains on the edges of the text block. The edges of the endsheets are darkened, and the flyleaves are mildly soiled. There is a contemporary owner's name on the front free endsheet. The frontispiece is offset on the surrounding pages. There is a former owner's ink stamp on the front flyleaf. There is a contemporary owner's name, along with a brief notation, on the top edge of the Preface page. This notation is faintly mirrored on the title page. There is another contemporary owner's name in pen on the rear flyleaf that is also offset on surrounding pages. There are stains in the centers of pp. 364-422. The largest and darkest stains are in the middle of this section, and measure 1 and 1/4 inches tall by 1 and 1/4 inches wide. The stains do not obscure the text. Occasional light staining, very small dark stains and foxing on the pages. There are sporadic light moisture stains in the corners and edges of the pages. The larger stains are 3 inches tall by 3 inches wide, and they become slightly darker on the last several pages. The pages are mildly browned. The book is sturdy. Item #28223
Noah Webster strongly believed in developing the cultural independence of the United States, a chief component of which was to be a distinctive American language with its own idiom, pronunciation, and style.