A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language. . . Noah Webster.
A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language. . . .
A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language. . . .

A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language. . . .

Hartford: From Sydney's Press for Hudson & Goodwin, 1806. First Edition. Half Leather. First edition. Complete with xxiii introductory pages, (1) page of abbreviations, and 408 text pages. Sound binding with original free endpapers. Clean pages. Owner's name at top of title page. Very attractively rebacked in half-leather with marbled boards, and gilt lettering. The first edition of Noah Webster's dictionary, see Sabin 102347. This first truly American dictionary was the first to document distinctly American vocabulary such as skunk, hickory, and chowder. Webster also attempted to reduce the inconsistencies in English spelling and incorporated changes based on his vision of logic and aesthetics such as changing many "ce" endings to "se" (e.g., changing defence to defense), eliminating silent "l"s (e.g. changing travell to travel), removing superfluous "u"s (e.g., changing humour to humor), and abandoning silent "k"s (e.g. changing publick to public) - see "Noah Webster and America's First Dictionary" at the Merriam-Webster website. Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Very Good. Item #008344

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