A first edition of A New Dictionary of the English Language by Charles Richardson. Volume I A-K, volume II L-Z and with a Preliminary Essay to front of volume II.
In two volumes complete.
Second in importance in early English dictionaries only to Johnson.
Charles Richardson (1775 - 1865) was an English teacher, lexicographer, and linguist. A philologist of the school of John Horne Tooke. In 1815 he published Illustrations to English Philology, consisting of a critical examination of Samuel Johnson's A Dictionary of the English Language and a reply to Dugald Stewart's criticism of Horne Tooke's Diversions of Purley.
In 1818 the opening portions of an English lexicon, by Richardson, appeared in the Encyclopædia Metropolitana. In 1834 he issued the prospectus of a New English Dictionary, and the work itself was published by Pickering in parts between January 1835 and the spring of 1837. The dictionary is a republication of the lexicon, with improvements and additions. Richardson's principle was to rely on etymology. Despite many technical failings the work was commended by the Quarterly Magazine and the Gentleman's Magazine. An abridged edition, without the quotations, appeared in 1839, with a new preface, but uncorrected.
Richardson also published a book on the study of language, an explanation of Tooke's Diversions of Purley (1854). He contributed papers to the Gentleman's Magazine, and wrote essays on ‘English Grammar and English Grammarians,’ and on ‘Fancy and Imagination.
Previous owner's bookplates to front pastedown.
In buckram bindings. Externally, generally smart but with slight wear to extremities, fading to spine and slight rubbing and marks to boards. Internally, firmly bound. Bright but with slight background foxing in places and handling marks. With heavier foxing to endpapers and slight tidemarks to first and last few pages of volume II.
Overall: VERY GOOD.
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