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Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary: Editions and Reviews

By Ronald D. Patkus and Dean M. Rogers

CASE 11:

  • Gomme, Laurence. The Robert B. Adam Library relating to Dr. Samuel Johnson and his era; a brief study. New York: Printed for private distribution, 1945.

CASE 12:

  • Johnson, Samuel. A dictionary of the English language: in which the words are deduced from their originals, and illustrated in their different significations by examples from the best writer : to which are prefixed, a history of the language, and an English grammar.. London: Printed by W. Strahan, for J. and P. Knapton, T. and T. Longman, C. Hitch and L. Hawes, A. Millar, and R. and J. Dodsley, 1755. Image available.

CASE 13:

  • The Gentleman’s Magazine, or, Monthly intelligencer. London: R. Newton [i.e. E. Cave], 1755.
  • The Monthly Review. London: Printed for R. Griffiths, 1755.

CASE 14:

  • Johnson, Samuel. A dictionary of the English language: in which the words are deduced from their originals, and illustrated in their different significations by examples from the best writers: to which are prefixed, a history of the language, and an English grammar. London: Printed by W. Strahan, for J. and P. Knapton, T. and T. Longman, C. Hitch and L. Hawes, A. Millar, and R. and J. Dodsley, 1755-56.

CASE 15:

  • Baretti, Giuseppe Marco Antonio. A Dictionary of the English and Italian Languages… London: W. Strahan [etc.], 1771. Image available.

CASE 16:

  • Johnson, Samuel. A dictionary of the English language: in which the words are deduced from their originals, and illustrated in their different significations by examples from the best writers: to which are prefixed, a history of the language, and an English grammar. London: Printed by W. Strahan, for W. Strahan, J. and F. Rivington, T. Davies, J. Hinton, L. Davis, [and 20 others], 1773.

CASE 17:

  • Johnson, Samuel. A dictionary of the English language: in which the words are deduced from their originals, explained in their different meanings, and authorized by the names of the writers in whose works they are found / abstracted from the folio edition by the author Samuel Johnson, A.M.; to which is prefixed, an English grammar; to this edition are added, a history of the English language, the author's preface to the folio, and a considerable number of words, none of which are contained in the London octavo. Dublin: Printed by W.G. Jones, for Thomas Ewing, in Dame-street, 1768. Image available.

CASE 18:

  • Johnson, Samuel. A dictionary of the English language: in which the words are deduced from their originals, and illustrated in their different significations by examples from the best writers: to which are prefixed, a history of the language, and an English. London: Printed for J. F. and C. Rivington, L. Davis, T. Payne and Son, W. Owen, T. Longman, [and 21 others], 1785. Image available.

CASE 19:

  • Boswell, James. The life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.: comprehending an account of his studies and numerous works, in chronological order: A series of his epistolary correspondence and conversations with many eminent persons: and various original pieces of his composition, never before published: The whole exhibiting a view of literature and literary men in Great-Britain, for near half a century, during which he flourished: In two volumes. London: Printed by Henry Baldwin, for Charles Dilly in the Poultry, 1791.

CASE 20:

  • Johnson, Samuel. A dictionary of the English language: in which the words are deduced from their originals, and illustrated in their different significations by examples from the best authors: to which are prefixed a history of the language, and an English grammar. Philadelphia: Printed and published by James Maxwell, 1819.
  • The little lexicon, or, Multum in parvo of the English language: containing upwards of two thousand words, with their definitions, more than are to be found in the usual abridgements of Dr. Johnson’s Dictionary: to which is added, a table of terms and phrases, from the French, Italian, and Spanish languages. London: William Cole, 10, Newgate Street, [1825?]. Image available.