London: for J. F. and C. Rivington, L. Davis, T. Payne and Son, W. Owen, T. Longman, B. Law, J. Dodsley, and 19 others, 1785. Sixth Edition. Quartos, 2 volumes; VG; rebacked in 20th century calf, paneled spines, burgundy and green labels with gilt titling, gilt stamping to panels, period boards preserved; some rubbing and wear to boards; Half-title present in volume 1, missing in volume 2; early name in ink to ffeps; with portrait frontispiece to volume I; printed in triple columns; rear leaf of both volumes converted into hand-drawn 'supplement' sheets, for additional words not in the dictionary, although only 3 were ever put in, including 'Zero - a cold below 39 degrees by ??? & snow making'.; JM consignment; shelved case 9.
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First authorized quarto edition and the sixth edition overall, preceded by a pirate Dublin edition the previous year and issued following Johnson's death in 1784;