A Dictionary of the English Language… By Noah Webster, LL.D. New York, 1828… Reprinted by E.H. Barker… from a copy communicated by the author, and containing many manuscript corrections and additions: with an appendix by the editor.

  • Webster, Noah
  • London: Published by Black, Young, and Young 1831


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FIRST BRITISH EDITION, 2 vols., 4to, pp. viii, civ, [912]; [ii], [926]. Complete with leaf of publisher’s ads at end of vol. 1 and subscriber’s list at end of vol. 2. Contemporary half calf, sprinkled paper boards, spines divided by gilt rolls, lettered direct in two compartments and with central gilt tools in others, edges sprinkled blue. Some light spotting, subscriber’s list (with larger text area) folded at bottom to avoid overhang. Extremities scuffed and a touch worn, vol. 2 neatly rebacked and hinges relined preserving most of original backstrip.


The first printing in the UK of Noah Webster's pioneering dictionary, slightly modified by the English editor but retaining Webster's spelling changes and other Americanisms. Printed in an edition of 3,000 copies (with 912 subscribed for, according to the subscriber's list in this copy), it sold relatively well in the UK - to the embarassment of English lexicographers - because it was the first major dictionary not based on Johnson's work from the previous century. This example is an early issue with the title-page in vol. 1 dated 1831, and is complete with the rarely-found publisher's advertisements and subscriber's list.

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