First Edition of the Most Important American Dictionary
Webster, Noah. An American Dictionary of the English Language.
New York: S. Converse, 1828. 2 Volumes. Engraved Frontis. pertrait of
Webster Volume I,
“Additions and Corrections” leaf bound at end of Volume II. Printed in an
initial edition of 2500 sets, it is the first comprehensive American dictionary, including 12,000 more words than any previous work. A Grolier American 100 selection. Webster began his compilation in 1800 with the intention of enabling “political separation from England by the cultivation of a separate American language”
(Printing and the Mind of Man)
Price available on request.