Terrific association copy of the first edition of Webster's epochal reference book, from the library of G. & C. Merriam Company, which eventually merged and published the first Merriam-Webster dictionary in 1847.
Very good plus to near fine.
AN AMERICAN DICTIONARY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
"...for several years, my Lexicon – was my only companion" – Emily Dickinson to Thomas Wentworth Higginson, 1862
Webster's dictionary enthusiastically embraced "Americanisms," codifying English usage different from that of British speakers. Only 2500 copies were printed, with approximately 70,000 words –15,000 more than any previous English-language lexicon, according to Edward Lethem. The reach and influence of this reference can only begin to be understood when one considers that writers like Emily Dickinson regularly relied upon Webster in their own work. An excellent copy, rarely found in contemporary calf boards.
Read more: Howes, USiana, W9; Lethem, United Statesiana, 9; Van Wagenen Ward & Johnson (editors), Letters of Emily Dickinson, 404.
New York: S. Converse, 1828. Two volumes, 10.75'' x 9'' each. Contemporary full reverse calf sympathetically rebacked to style, gilt-ruled boards, raised bands, red and black goatskin spine labels. Marbled endpapers. Frontispiece portrait of Webster. With the scarce "Additions and Corrections" leaf at the end of volume II. Housed in custom cloth slipcase. Merriam Company letterhead, typed "Property of," along with details of the edition, tipped onto front endpaper in each volume. Interior generally clean, final leaf of vol. I with small marginal loss in gutter (not affecting text); some wear and rubbing to contemporary boards.
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