Lot 40
Diamond Edition' of Dr. Johnson's Dictionary 1835

Estimate: $300 - $500

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BINDING & Typography. - Samuel JOHNSON. [Diamond Edition]. Johnson's pocket dictionary of the English Language. Greatly improved by an augmentation of some thousand words and technical terms. The accentuation corrected according to the most approved mode of pronunciation. Subjoined is a concise classical mythology, a list of men of learning and genius, phrases from various languages and translations of the mottos of the nobility. London: [printed in Glasgow by George Brookman,] for T. Tegg & son, Cheapside; Griffin & Co., Glasgow; Tegg, Wise & Tegg, Dublin; Also James and Samuel Augustus Tegg, Sydney, Australia, 1835. 16mo (4 3/8 x 2 ¾ inches; 111 x 70mm). Pp. [i-]iv; [1-]2-252. Engraved portrait frontispiece. Contemporary green morocco, covers elaborately blocked in blind, then tooled in gilt with five small tools, the spine tooled in blind and lettered in gilt, cream glazed endpapers, gilt edges (spine slightly chipped at head and foot, splits to joints [ see images]). Provenance: Anne M. Rose (inscription dated ’30 Nov. 1835’).

A charming edition of Dr. Johnson’s classic: in an attractive binding and printed in Glasgow from ‘diamond’ type – traditionally 4 ½ point or 1.588mm tall.

Glasgow imprint, but this edition does not appear to be in the National Library of Scotland.

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