London: The Folio Society, 2006. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Number 78 of 1000 copies,elephant folio size two volumes, over 2300 pp. Fine. Item #CNJL698
Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) is "arguably the most distinguished man of letters in English history. The "Dictionary" left an immense mark on its age. It soon became recognized as a work of classical standing, and in spite of some minor blemishes it has never lost its historical importance as the first great endeavor of its kind. Notable above all for definitions of pith and occasional wit, the dictionary was even more original in the way in which every word, as Johnson put it, had its history" (Per Oxford DNB). Complete facsimile reprint of the first edition of 1755, bound by Smith Settle in dappled calfskin, with marbled paper and edges by Ann Muir. The calf skin used for the binding is treated with a process which was customary in the 18th-century, the skins are sourced from Graham Wright Leather, a family-run business since 1929 in Northampton which was the center of the leather trade in Johnson's time. The books are bound at the small craft bindery of Smith Settle, where Ken Smith and his team of craftsmen sew the sheets and make the cases, including creating the raised leather bands and hand-blocking the spine, cover and separate leather labels in gold. The whole was printed by St. Edmundsbury Press, Bury St. Edmunds. This facsimile edition stands as a exemplary homage to the original, leaving no detail unexamined, perfect for use as a teaching tool, or for examination that the fragility of the true first edition might not withstand.___DESCRIPTION: Half mottled calf and marbled paper boards, six raised bands outlined with decorative tools in gilt, backstrip with red and green leather labels lettered in gilt, all edges marbled, housed in original publishers slipcase, title-pages printed in black and red, text in two-columns; Favini Toned paper, elephant folio size (16 1/2" by 10 1/2"), unpaginated (approx. 2,328 pp.), facsimile of the first edition.___CONDITION: Fine/like new, in a fine case.___POSTAGE: Please note that this is an extremely large and heavy set, and therefore additional postage will apply. We are happy to ship at cost to both domestic and international customers, please inquire for details.___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.