Good. Item #5894
Philadelphia: Johnson & Warner, 1813. Octavo; 385, 341pp. Text in two columns. Contemporary brown leather binding with spine label. Heavily edge-worn with leather rubbed through to board on corners. Spine chipped away at head. Front and back hinges repaired with white cloth tape by previous owner. Tape also used to reinforce title page. Some notes made in ink on front free endpaper, including the notes "$3.50" and the year "1814." Text block is sound. Pages toned with some foxing.
One of a few "Miniature Editions" of Johnson's Dictionary -- abridged, abbreviated, or combined as here with a pronunciation apparatus from John Walker's Critical Pronouncing Dictionary -- to appear before the complete First American Edition published by Moses Thomas in 1818. Alston writes of the miniature editions that "These dictionaries, though having Johnson's name on the title, really have nothing whatever to do with the full text, but they have been entered [under Johnson's entry] since they are generally catalogued under Johnson's name." [Alston V, p. 37-39]
This copy from the personal library of journalist and language writer William Safire, with no ownership marks or plates.