Sheridan Improved Dictionary 1805


It’s a snip! ( “to cut at once with fciffars” )

Sheridan improved. A general pronouncing and explanatory dictionary of the English language in which it has been attempted to improve on the plan of Mr. Sheridan, the discordancies of that celebrated orthoepist being avoided, and his improprieties corrected .

The Tenth edition. 1805
by Stephen Jones

Book Description: printed for Vernor and Hood [et al.], London, 1805. Sq. 8vo, pp. xlviii, unpaginated lexicon in double column, [3] ads; nibbled contemporary calf, not a single gilt fillet and no label on spine – well not much spine at all actually; lots and lots of rubbing and wear, and generally quite grotty. First published anonymously in 1796, this dictionary, in spite of the plethora of lexicographers listed on the title, seems to be based on Johnson, with an orthoepy* based on the better parts of Sheridan and Walker. In spite of the small war that raged between Walker and Sheridan, (WHAAAAAAAT?) Jones, at least in his Preface, seems to come down on the side of neither.

We have half inched and amended the above text from an internet bookseller who is asking a massive £224.07 for his/her volume of this ole book.  Theirs is dated 1806, ours is 1805 and is therefore an earlier edition. It sounds as if ours is also in considerably worse condition.  The title page, once adrift has in days of yore been reattached with a piece of gummed tape. And on the tailpiece (also reattached)  a former owner – one J A Marshall has inscribed his name in fabulous curly script (see photo below).  Bravo J A Marshall A+

For those who do not get bookseller speak it is about 5 inches square.

All we are asking for this ancient gem is a mere £52 - it's a snip.

*Ps for those ignorant folks out there who don’t know what ortheopy is ……. buy this handy dictionary and find out.

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