FIRST EDITION, folio, pp. . Title-page printed in red and black. Later mottled calf, all edges red. Rather browned and spotted throughout, tears to blank margins of a few leaves, old repairs to initial blank and old flyleaf. Relatively recently rebacked in a different shade of calf, red morocco label, new endpapers, hinges lined with buckram, old leather somewhat chipped, corners worn. Ownership inscriptions (one dated 1845, one later) to old flyleaf.
First edition of this significant early etymological dictionary of the English language, compiled by Thomas Henshaw from materials left by Stephen Skinner (d. 1667). It was an important resource for Samuel Johnson in the compiling of his dictionary, acknowledged in Johnson's preface.