JOHNSON, Samuel. A Dictionary of the English Language: in which the Words are deduced from their Originals …Abstracted from the Folio Edition. Printed for W. Strahan [et al.], 1773.
8vo. 2 vols. Mid-twentieth century half red morocco, marbled boards, gilt lettering to spines; very good.
Fifth edition, taken from the fourth folio edition of the same year, the first revised edition in which Johnson added new words, corrected errors and included more illustrative quotations from Biblical, technical and literary sources to create a substantially different and longer work. This octavo version omits the literary quotations leaving Johnson's own definitions. In this format the volumes could be smaller and more affordable, thus allowing Johnson's work to gain a much wider audience. This is still a fine representation of Johnson's monumental work.