London: Printed for Edward and Charles Dilly in the Poultry; and R. Baldwin in Pater-Noster Row, 1775. Two volumes. ,28,; pp. Modern brown buckram, spines gilt, leather labels. Bookplates on front pastedowns. Light to moderate foxing. About very good. Item #WRCAM40628
This work was issued as a two volume set and as two volumes bound as one. This issue in two volumes, with titlepages in both volumes, and the price advertised on titlepage of volume one: "Price Twelve Shillings bound." "Ash's dictionary, A NEW AND COMPLETE DICTIONARY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE (2 vols., 1775), was an attempt to include the best features of various earlier dictionaries but is, unfortunately, best-known for the blunder under 'curmudgeon', which Johnson had derived from 'cœur méchant', on the authority of an 'unknown correspondent'. Ash gives it as 'from the French -cœur- unknown, - méchant- correspondent' (sig. 2E3r)" - DNB. ESTC T85693. DNB (online).