A DICTIONARY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE: Intended To Exhibit: I. The Origin And The Affinities Of Every English Word, As Far As They Have Been Ascertained, With Its Primary Signification, As Now Generally Established;-- II. The Orthography And The Pronunciat

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A DICTIONARY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE: Intended To Exhibit: I. The Origin And The Affinities Of Every English Word, As Far As They Have Been Ascertained, With Its Primary Signification, As Now Generally Established;-- II. The Orthography And The Pronunciat
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London: Black, Young, and Young, . First British Edition Two quarto (8-1/2" x 10-1/2") volumes in early 1/2 calf leather and marbled boards with leather corners and gilt-lettered black morocco spine labels. Webster's groundbreaking dictionary was originally published in New York, 1828 with this edition reprinted by E.H. Barker, Esq. pf Thetford, Norfolk, from a Copy communicated by the Author, and containing many Manuscript Corrections and Additions. In some copies of this First English Edition, the title page of the first volume is dated 1831. Largely set in three columns. Some foxing to the first and last pages. A bit of wear to the spine edges and corners but the binding is tight and firm. Very Good (Item ID: 018526)

PRINTING AND THE MIND OF MAN 291: "Webster was an ardent nationalist and he wanted to stress the political separation from Britain by the cultivation of a separate American language. Under the influence of his friend Benjamin Franklin he turned his attention to 'a reformed mode of spelling,' and although he rejected the radical phonetic innovations proposed by Franklin, he went far enough to give many printed American words a distinctive appearance


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