Sixth edition (the first London quarto edition and the the first printing to include a portrait of the author). Two volumes. Elegantly bound in half brown morocco, five raised bands and titles in gilt to the spines. Without the half title in volume I (not called for in vol II). Frontispiece portrait of Johnson (after Reynolds) with an added tissue guard. The binding is in fine condition. The contents, with a small circular Cambridgeshire libraries ink stamp to the reverse of both title pages, minor toning and the odd mark to the margins (including several pages at the rear of volume II with a singed fore-edge not affecting the text) are otherwise clean throughout. An attractive example of the first authorised quarto edition of one of the greatest accomplishments in lexicography.
This sixth edition, published in the year following Johnson's death, features the complete text with the author's final corrections (printed from Samuel Johnson's own corrected copy of the 1773 fourth folio edition, which he bequeathed to Sir Joshua Reynolds).
Stock code: 21894