Item #64520 A supplement to Johnson's English Dictionary: of which the palpable errors are attempted to be rectified, and its material omissions supplied. George Mason.
A supplement to Johnson's English Dictionary: of which the palpable errors are attempted to be rectified, and its material omissions supplied
A supplement to Johnson's English Dictionary: of which the palpable errors are attempted to be rectified, and its material omissions supplied

A supplement to Johnson's English Dictionary: of which the palpable errors are attempted to be rectified, and its material omissions supplied

New York: printed for H. Caritat, bookseller and librarian, 1803. First American "from the London quarto edition," 8vo, pp. [4], vii, [1], [268]; lexicon in double column; full contemporary tree calf, black morocco label; some rubbing but good and sound. This American edition of the Supplement to Johnson's Dictionary precedes both the American octavo (1805) and quarto editions (1818) of the Dictionary itself. "Mason first attacked Johnson in his edition of Poems by Thomas Hoccleve, 1796…where he says: "One should really suspect, that the lexicographer had not collected the authorities for himself, nor even revised them when collected for him. Such a supposition might clear him of downright stupidity, but to the impeachment of his common honesty in dealing with the public" (Courtney & Smith). According to American Imprints, Caritat had printed an edition with the same title in New York in 1802, but the stated pagination is only 17pp., with one holding only (College of Physicians, Philadelphia); this is possibly a prospectus. American Imprints 4591; Courtney & Smith, p. 70. Item #64520

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