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
By Samuel Johnson LL D
In Two Volumes
The Sixth Edition
Printed for J F and C Rivington, L Davis, T Payne (and others)
Frontis portrait (damaged) in Volume I. No half-title in either volume.
Contemporary calf (?) binding with damage to front of Volume I, where calf has lifted and torn. Some loss to edge and tops/bottoms of spines also. Corners bumped, with loss to one corner of Volume I. Volume II has similar, slightly lesser, damage to both boards. Please see photos for detail.
Internally, both volumes, but particularly I, have suffered losses to base of first few pages, including frontis and title page. One or two previous owners' inscriptions. Similar damage to last pages of Volume II, and slight curling to corners of last pages of Volume I. Otherwise, internal condition of the text is very good.
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.