12mo, pp. 295,  including woodcut frontispiece. Original marbled sheep, spine divided by double gilt rules, red morocco label. Poor-quality paper rather browned and foxed. Joints rubbed, corners bumped, some old scratches to leather. Ownership inscriptions of Evan Phillips (two giving a date of purchase, June 17th 1818, another the date Feb. 20, 1819) to front endpapers, initial blank, and recto of frontispiece.
Hamilton's work - Alston clarifies that 'these dictionaries...really have nothing whatever to do with' Johnson's dictionary - was first published in 1794 in London (no copy apparently now extant, though Alston located a catalogue record at Lichfield), with new editions following thick and fast after that. It first reached the USA with a Boston edition of 1804, and Philadelphia and Boston followed before this New York edition. The title-page claim to be the 'first New-York' edition is not necessarily true, since this being a stereotype edition (at the head of the title-page is 'Long's Stereotype Edition') it would be easier to reprint exactly than update - and the 1819 and 1822 printings (the latter the only New York edition located in COPAC) repeat the claim. However, this 1817-dated edition is the earliest known to Alston and the earliest recorded in Worldcat, so it seems plausible in this case.