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Dr Johnsons Critical Voc
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Dr Johnsons Critical Voc

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This is the first electronic edition of one of the most important works ever compiled in English. Dr Johnson??'s Dictionary remains a major resource for and cornerstone of the English language. This CD-ROM presents the key 1755 and 1773 (First and Fourth) Editions, both of which have been available previously only in print facsimiles. Here the texts of both Editions have b ...more
Published by University Press of America (first published 1755)
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Jeff Crompton
For years, when my wife asked me what I wanted for my birthday or Christmas, I would jokingly say, "The first or fourth edition of Johnson's Dictionary." She never came through, and I don't know why - those editions only cost around $10,000 U.S. Over the years I've toyed with buying a facsimile edition or a CD-ROM edition, but even those are priced in the hundreds of dollars.

But lo and behold, there is now a cheap Kindle version. And while it's not perfect, I'm pretty thrilled to be able to car
Sep 29, 2007 Laura rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: hard-core bibliophiles
Shelves: reference
Another one that I'm using as a nightstand right now! It's fantastically heavy and immense; the facsimile edition is about 22 inches by 12 inches and 6 inches deep! Don't misunderstand; it's just as fun to peruse too, and eventually, I would love to read through the entire tome. Johnson's definitions are interlaced with a wry wit and humor that spices up an otherwise dull peek into the history of the English language. It also proves to be a wealth of quotations, as Johnson provides examples from ...more
Jan 12, 2011 umberto marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dictionary
If you are a Johnsonian longing to browse through his rare, monumental two folio volumes of the Dictionary (1755), this one edited by Professor David Crystal is for you. I myself have admired Dr. Johnson with respect and awe since I visited his house at 17 Gough Square, London in 1997, read his Rambler essays and, of course, James Boswell's "Life of Johnson".

His literary output deserved his two honorary doctorates from the two UK universities. His academic qualification was modest, that is, he s
I should have hated to try and read this with poor eyesight and in candlelight. Today this is a fascinating read, if for no other reason than to discover how the use of British-English has remained constant, and where it has changed. The Rev. Hamilton's appendices are perhaps more useful today than Johnson's dictionary!
I just read Johnson's preface to his Dictionary (in the Harvard Classics, 1st edition, a gift of my wonderful wife). When you think about his having created a dictionary BY HIMSELF, the magnitude of the accomplishment overwhelms. His Preface describes his method. Here is truly one of the great intellects of all time.
Read this cover to cover. Then report back: let me know if you're game to Doc-Johnsonize Wikipedia entries. We need more wit in our dicts.
Feb 07, 2013 Keaton marked it as purposely-partially-read  ·  review of another edition
Read: Excerpts from "Preface" and a few entries
Left out the word 'sausage'
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Samuel Johnson was an English author. Beginning as a Grub Street journalist, he made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, novelist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer. Johnson has been described as "arguably the most distinguished man of letters in English history". He is also the subject of one of the most celebrated biographies in English, ...more
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