The new and complete dictionary of the English language... To which is prefixed a compendious grammar. JOHN ASH.
The new and complete dictionary of the English language... To which is prefixed a compendious grammar.

The new and complete dictionary of the English language... To which is prefixed a compendious grammar.

London: Edward & Charles Dilly, 1775. First edition, 2 vols. in 1, 8vo, unpaginated lexicon in double column, this copy without the second title-p. (not in all copies; the book has continuous signatures), and without the price of 12 shillings beneath the imprint (no priority); a good, sound copy in full unadorned contemporary pigskin. Ash (?1724-1779) was an English Baptist minister whose dictionary (second edition, 1795) was compiled on the basis of Bailey's. In a catalogue of 1872 John Russell Smith writes: "A very useful dictionary as it contains obsolete, provincial, and cant words and phrases, besides a number of technical terms." In a letter to David Ramsay, Webster notes: "It is questionable how far vulgar and cant words are to be admitted into a dictionary... Johnson has transgressed the rules of lexicography beyond any other compiler; for his work contains more of the lowest of all vulgar words than any other now extant, Ash excepted." Alston V, 288. Item #30836

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