WEBSTER, Noah (1758-1843). An American Dictionary of the English Language. New York: Hezekiah Howe, New Haven for S. Converse, 1828.
2 volumes, 4° (288 x 231 mm). Engraved portrait frontispiece (pale foxing). (Some occasional light spotting.) 19th-century calf, spines gilt (rebacked preserving original spines).
FIRST EDITION of the quarto unabridged dictionary (preceded by the Compendious Dictionary, 1806, with its abridgement for schools, 1807). Grolier American 36 ("The most ambitious publication ever undertaken, up to that time, upon American soil"); Sabin 102335; PMM 291 ("Webster's great dictionary, all the 70,000 entries of which he wrote with his own hand... marked a definite advance in modern lexicography, as it included many non-literary terms and paid great attention to the language actually spoken... Webster succeeded in breaking the fetters imposed upon American English by Dr. Johnson, to the ultimate benefit of the living languages of both countries.")