A New Dictionary of the English Language. 2 vols. DICTIONARIES, Charles RICHARDSON.

A New Dictionary of the English Language. 2 vols.

Philadelphia: E.H. Butler, 1848. First Edition. Two quarto volumes. Contemporary full sheep with morocco spine labels; pp.1–1184;1185–2223. Bindings rather scuffed, joints rubbed but firm, moderate foxing to text, heaviest on prelims. Good, sound, and complete copy.

The first American edition of this massive etymological dictionary which, though criticized for its technical shortcomings by Webster and others, represented a significant advancement for its extensive reservoir of quotations by authors, in which respect "... the dictionary was far more copious than Johnson, or any previous work of its class in English. Its citations go back to the fourteenth century, and point the way to the Oxford English Dictionary" (DNB).

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