Samuel Johnsons Unpublished Revisions to the Dictionary of the English Language: A Facsimile Edition by Samuel JohnsonSamuel Johnsons Unpublished Revisions to the Dictionary of the English Language: A Facsimile Edition by Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnsons Unpublished Revisions to the Dictionary of the English Language: A Facsimile Edition

bySamuel JohnsonEditorAllen Reddick

Hardcover | October 31, 2005

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This edition makes available for the first time the largest collection of unpublished material by the great eigteenth-century writer and lexicographer Samuel Johnson in existence. For the revised fourth edition (1773) of Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language, Johnson and his amanuensis annotated over one hundred and twenty interleaved folio pages of the first edition, but the printer for unknown reasons failed to include the corrections. These pages, including hundreds of authorial additions and changes to the text, are reproduced here in facsimile, along with a transcription, an extensive commentary and notes. This extraordinary archive offers a unique record of Johnson's methods of revision, his collaboration with his assistants, and the preparation of printer's copy in general. Johnson's deletion and editing of hundreds of new quotations, notes, and definitions contributed by others sheds much new light on his intentions for his work and his attitudes towards language and literature.

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Allen Reddick is Professor of English Literature at the University of Zurich.
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Title:Samuel Johnsons Unpublished Revisions to the Dictionary of the English Language: A Facsimile EditionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:456 pages, 12.2 × 9.21 × 1.61 inPublished:October 31, 2005Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521844703

ISBN - 13:9780521844703

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Table of Contents

Introduction; The British Library copy: description and provenance (with the Sneyd-Gimbel copy); The printer's copy for the letter B; George Stevens and Samuel Johnson; Notes on selected changes and annotations; Introduction; Notes; Policy of citing sources; Editions cited and works quoted; Facsimile; Transcription; Appendix: The Sneyd-Gimbel copy; Examples from the Sneyd-Gimbel copy.

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"This extremely handsome, slip-cased volume provides a photographic facsimile of British Library C.45.k.3, composted of printed sheets from the first edition of Johnson's Dictionary interleaved with manuscript annotations of revisions carefully placed to indicate their correct location in the double columns of print." - Shef Rogers