A SUPPLEMENT TO JOHNSON'S ENGLISH DICTIONARY: OF WHICH THE PALPABLE ERRORS ARE ATTEMPTED TO BE RECTIFIED, AND ITS MATERIAL OMISSIONS SUPPLIED...FROM THE LONDON QUARTO EDITION.

New York: H. Caritat, 1803. [4],vii,[269]pp. Contemporary calf. Front board detached, calf worn and scuffed. Bookplate on front pastedown. Lightly foxed, else clean internally. Item #WRCAM40171

The first American edition. Mason, a long-standing critic of Johnson, writes in the preface: "The Compiler of this SUPPLEMENT does not undertake to correct all the mistakes in JOHNSON. That lexicographer's etymologies are deservedly reckoned the most erroneous part of his Dictionary; yet this portion of it has not here undergone a thorough examination...There are also many of Johnson's other observations highly ridiculous, which it has not been thought requisite to animadvert upon, as they are sufficiently glaring as to expose themselves." Mason even goes so far as to call Johnson's intelligence into question. The first edition of this work appeared in London in 1801. SHAW & SHOEMAKER 4591.

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