London: Printed by W. Strahan for J. and P. Knapton, 1755. First Edition. Two large folio volumes (410 x 254 mm), collates complete. Bound in full diced calf and expertly rebacked to style. Spines and boards gilt; morocco spine labels; marbled endpapers. Small bookplate on front endpaper. Short tears on 10G2-10K1 expertly repaired at an early date. Minor scattered foxing. Outer joint of volume two starting but holding. Overall an exceptionally pleasing copy of this important book.
"The most amazing and endearing one-man feat in the field of lexicography" (Printing and the Mind of Man). Johnson's dictionary is one of the most famous reference works in history. "The dictionary took just over eight years to compile, required six helpers, and listed 40,000 words. Each word was defined in detail, the definitions illustrated with quotations covering every branch of learning. It was a huge scholarly achievement, more extensive and complex than any of its predecessors...the dictionary was enormously popular and highly respected for its epic sense of scholarship" (British Library).
PMM 201. Grolier 100 in English, 50. Rothschild 1237. (Item #2398)