WEBSTER, NOAH. 1758-1843.
An American Dictionary of the English Language. New York: S. Converse, 1828.
4to (301 x 235 mm). 2 volumes. Engraved frontispiece portrait of Webster. Uncut in original boards, later sheep. Scattered foxing, mainly to preliminary and final leaves and to frontis, a few instances of stray stains, boards detached and with general wear, spines detached.
FIRST EDITION OF WEBSTER'S QUARTO UNABRIDGED DICTIONARY IN UNCUT FORM. "Webster was an ardent nationalist and he wanted to stress the political separation from Britain by the cultivation of a separate American language. Under the influence of his friend Benjamin Franklin he turned his attention to 'a reformed mode of spelling'; and although he rejected the radical phonetic innovations proposed by Franklin, he went far enough to give many printed words a distinctive many printed American words a distinctive appearance" (Printing and the Mind of Man 291); Sabin 102335.