London: Moses Thomas, 1818-1819. First American from the eleventh London edition. Volumes I & II are dated 1818; Volumes III & IV are dated 1819. 8vo. Half-titles in each volume; engraved frontispiece portrait of Johnson in Vol. I. Printed by J. Maxwell. Original full brown calf with black and red morocco labels with gilt stamping on spines. Very good condition (early owner name in each volume; bindings are sound; light scuffing to extremities). Item #17106
"In the field of English lexicography Johnson's greatest followers were the American, Webster (291), and the compilers of the Oxford English Dictionary (371); but despite the progress made during the past two centuries in historical and comparative philology, Johnson's book may still be consulted for instruction as well as pleasure." Printing and the Mind of Man 201 (first edition).