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Alphabe Thursday … D is for Dictionary

June 13, 2013

In particular the Dictionary of the English Language written by Samuel Johnson and published on the 15th April 1755. It is considered among the most influential dictionaries in the history of the English language.  

Johnson began this mammoth task in 1746, at at the request of a group of London Booksellers, who were unhappy with dictionaries of the period. He was paid 1,500 guineas (£230,000 in today’s money) and planned to take 3 years.  However with only clerical assistance to help with small tasks it took him 9 years to complete.  He did go on to publish several revised editions in his lifetime. The copy in our collection would have been among those! Although not its original binding; because dictionaries are so well used they do not always stand the test of time.  However, almost 300 years is good enough for me. 

Not only was the finished item, printed on the finest paper and very large it was also very expensive at £1600.00 it was more than the author was paid.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. June 13, 2013 10:18 pm

    Three hundred years is amazing! Lovely post…

  2. June 14, 2013 4:42 am

    Wow, who knew it was worth more than the guy who wrote it… lol… learn something new every day.

  3. June 15, 2013 4:41 am

    great post, I love a good dictionary with lots of new words to discover

    • June 15, 2013 7:28 am

      The Johnson one is more like encyclopedia _/\_ a brilliant man !!

  4. June 21, 2013 5:53 am

    Wow! It is always a delight seeing what discovery you will display for us!

    This dictionary is definitely expensive.

    Cool post for the letter “D”!

    Thanks for linking.


    • June 21, 2013 7:42 am

      I am hoping not to run out of ideas … sometimes it is touch and go 😉

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