London: Henry Sampson Woodfall, 1772. First. hardcover. 2 volumes. Small 8vos, rebound in plain tan cloth with gilt-lettered leather spine labels. London: Henry Sampson Woodfall, 1772. First authorized edition. A near fine copy. near fine.
A source book of Dr. Johnson. The first publication of this 17th-century landmark in philology, to which Dr. Johnson was enormously indebted in the compilation of his great dictionary. It is especially noteworthy that the illustrative literary specimens are largely selected from Chaucer. Junius was an intimate of Milton.