Samuel Johnson’s A Dictionary of the English Language

Johnson's Dictionary, 1755

Johnson’s Dictionary, 1755

Before the Oxford English Dictionary, the English relied on Samuel Johnson‘s two volume work. Published on April 15, 1755, the dictionary was the best of its kind and took Johnson, working solo, nine years to complete.

Title page

Title page

In honor of Library Week, here’s the entry for “librarian” and “library.” Using Shakespeare and other great writers as sentence examples is a really nice touch.

Entries for librarian and library

Entries for “librarian” and “library”

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