1806 1st edition of Noah WEBSTER’s 1st Dictionary! English Language Americana

WEBSTER, Noah

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The name ‘Webster’ has become synonymous with dictionary over the last century. Noah Webster sought to create a purely ‘American’ culture that was independent of British claim, he achieved this by creating this dictionary – a work that helped distance American grammar and linguistics from that of Britain.

 

According to the ‘Printing of the Mind of Man’,

“This dictionary, which almost at once became, and has remained, the standard English dictionary in the United States, was the end-product of a stream of spelling books, grammars, readers, and dictionaries which flowed from the pen of the industrious Noah Webster. Webster’s great dictionary, all the 70,000 entries of which he wrote with his own hand, has been reprinted and brought up to date innumerable times. The book marked a definite advance in modern lexicography, as it included many non-literary terms and paid great attention to the language actually spoken. Moreover, his definitions of the meaning of words were accurate and concise and have for the greater part stood the test of time superbly well”

 

The DAB notes,

“As a whole, Webster’s American Dictionary was a scholarly achievement of the first order, richly deserving of its great reputation at home and abroad.”

 

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1806 1st edition of Noah WEBSTER’s 1st Dictionary! English Language Americana

 

Rare first edition of Webster’s first dictionary!

 

The name ‘Webster’ has become synonymous with dictionary over the last century. Noah Webster sought to create a purely ‘American’ culture that was independent of British claim, he achieved this by creating this dictionary – a work that helped distance American grammar and linguistics from that of Britain.

 

According to the ‘Printing of the Mind of Man’,

“This dictionary, which almost at once became, and has remained, the standard English dictionary in the United States, was the end-product of a stream of spelling books, grammars, readers, and dictionaries which flowed from the pen of the industrious Noah Webster. Webster’s great dictionary, all the 70,000 entries of which he wrote with his own hand, has been reprinted and brought up to date innumerable times. The book marked a definite advance in modern lexicography, as it included many non-literary terms and paid great attention to the language actually spoken. Moreover, his definitions of the meaning of words were accurate and concise and have for the greater part stood the test of time superbly well”

 

The DAB notes,

“As a whole, Webster’s American Dictionary was a scholarly achievement of the first order, richly deserving of its great reputation at home and abroad.”

 

Item number: #11515

Price: $1500

 

WEBSTER, Noah

 

A compendious dictionary of the English language: In which five thousand words are added to the number found in the best English compends…

 

Sidney’s Press for Hudson & Goodwin Booksellers and Increase Cooke & Co., Hartford and New Haven, Conn., 1806

 

Details:

  • Collation: Complete with all pages
    • xxiii, [1], 408
  • Language: English
  • Binding: Leather; tight & secure
  • Size: ~7in X 5in (18cm x 13cm)

 

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11515

Categories

Americana, American History

Language Study & Reference

Authors

WEBSTER, Noah

Printing Date

19th Century

Language

English

Binding

Leather

Book Condition

Excellent

Collation

Complete