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American Dictionary of the English Language (1828 Facsimile Edition) [Hardcover]

by Noah Webster
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June 1, 1967 091249803X 978-0912498034 Facsimile of 1st
This 1828 facsimile reprint of the first American Dictionary documents the quality of Biblical education which raised up American statesmen capable of forming our Constitutional Republic. Webster traced roots in twenty-six languages, and gives examples from classical literature and the Bible. Comprehensive introductions are presented for language and grammar. It has been described by one Christian scholar as "the greatest reprint of the twentieth century." The added biography by Rosalie Slater, "Noah Webster, Founding Father of American Scholarship and Education," describes his contribution to many fields and records his conversion to Christ.

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Foundation for American Christian Education; Facsimile of 1st edition (June 1, 1967)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 091249803X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0912498034
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 9.5 x 14.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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294 of 298 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fund of wisdom, knowledge, and information. June 22, 2001
By tepi
NOAH WEBSTER'S FIRST EDITION OF AN AMERICAN DICTIONARY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE. San Francisco: Foundation for American Christian Education, Twelfth Printing, 2000. ISBN 0-912498-03-X
This book is a facsimile of the 1828 two-volume dictionary in one volume, which besides having its own great intrinsic interest, will also be of great interest to students of Emily Dickinson.
Noah Webster was a very learned and very devout man, and his ideas about language in his very long Introduction to this book make for interesting reading. The frontispiece gives us a marvelous portrait of Webster. He looks like a man of strong will and determination, qualities he would have needed to push his great project to a conclusion.
As for the actual entries, Christian readers will find it rewarding to compare his definitions of such words as "marriage", "education", "sin", "law", "faith", "prayer", etc., with those given in any modern dictionary. They will probably be surprised at the great differences, and may come away with a renewed respect for this great American.
Turning to Emily Dickinson, we know that she made frequent and extensive use of Noah Webster's 'Dictionary of the English Language' in writing her poems, paying attention not only to definitions but also to Webster's etymologies and his illustrative quotations.
The scholarly consensus is that she probably made use of an 1844 reprint of the 1841 edition, but since this is now rare, and since the 1828 edition was also in the Dickinson library, the present facsimile of the 1828 edition becomes an important resource for helping us to recover at least some of the senses in which she understood certain words.
The present book is a large heavy quarto volume (8.
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118 of 121 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How Our Lanuguage Has Changed! December 18, 2000
A "must-have" for those who would understand the American Constitution and the basis for our heritage and beliefs. This book is more than a dictionary, it concisely defines the words whose meanings have "evolved" in our language. Excellent reference for Bible studies, history papers, and general better basis of explanation and reasoning for our national documents. Though it is definitely a "dictionary," I find myself pouring over its contents for clarity and meaning to much more than the words themselves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Conservative, Comprehensive, Complete July 15, 1999
By A Customer
This dictionary stands head and shoulders above all others I have used. If language is the life blood of culture, this dictionary shows just how far American culture has strayed from it's roots. Far from being archaic, this dictionary gives the objective definition of words, their etymology, and background in history. I found this book a breath of fresh air in an era of political correctness and subjectivism.
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130 of 142 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Dictionary for the Common Man December 23, 1999
By A Customer
In my years of studying the Word of God I have used many diferent study aids. When I first came into contact with this dictionary I was supprised that it was quite complete and that a very through job had been done. Noah Websters origional intent for this Dictionary was for it to be used by the comman people to help them understand the Word of God so that they could apply its principles to their lives. Each of the words has with it its entamoligical roots and to help understand its meaning it is used in a sentance and in many cases a verse from the Bible. Thus making it an excelent tool for the common everyday man and the schollar alike. If you are looking for a good dictionary for Bible study this is one tool you do not want to be without.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A dream come true December 10, 2005
This dictionary is everything you could ever wish, and yes, it is the very first. These very many and every original, clear Old English definitions is not that of today's complex excess baggage terms defined, but it even contains the sources of the many instances used. As a bible reader, I found and understood almost everything I looked for in my KJV bible, however the size is a bit bulky, but I got what I paid. 'One Look Search Dictionary' ([...]) has it free online, but it seems less complete. This book did not disappoint me.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
There are some excellent reviews here that I'll not attempt to repeat. The quality of the book and printing is great; designed for heavy use. This dictionary was also a breakthrough in clarity of meaning and presentation.

I don't hand a lot of five-star ratings, so why this tome? It is, IMHO, a "must have" for anybody who wants to enhance their understanding of early American writings, especially the Founding Fathers, Dickenson, Emerson, etc.

I read aplenty from early American, colonial, and other material back into the 1600's. This is the one reference book that I keep open on a stand next to my elbow. Many words still current today had a slightly different shade of meaning, and an appreciable number have meanings that have been lost or radically altered. I have had keen "A Ha!" moments as passages that just didn't seem quite right unfolded before me with a better understanding of the author's words.

I also find this dictionary helpful for much earlier writers such as John Locke. Though he lived 100+ years before this volume was published, its English is almost 200 years closer to Locke than our modern dictionaries. If you don't have access to a more contemporary dictionary, this will still aid in opening Locke and other earlier authors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rolls Royce of dictionaries
It is an excellent language tool. The definitions in it are accurate description of the true sense of the word. A must in every home library!
Published 6 days ago by Danny Chan
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I am amazed at how many words have changed meaning sense this book was written. We have confused our language. A must have!
Published 17 days ago by jo
5.0 out of 5 stars The Original Webster's Dictionary
This dictionary is the dictionary that Webster originally put together with the definitions he knew were correct (Biblically) and found to be most helpful in understanding the... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Brenda Lyons
5.0 out of 5 stars Arrived in perfect condition!!
It was packaged very nicely so he book would not be damaged. Said nearly new, but looked at if I bougt a brand new one right from the bookstore!!! Love it!!
Published 26 days ago by Kathy
5.0 out of 5 stars Noah Webster
with the advent of the modern words, which include the accepted vulgarity and ever changing terminology, this exposes us to the base of all good writing in literature, the lost... Read more
Published 1 month ago by don
5.0 out of 5 stars We Love it!
My ten-year-old enjoys this book more than any other in the house. He has been known to get it out while doing homework and spend more time in it than he does the assignment. Read more
Published 1 month ago by BL
5.0 out of 5 stars Very usful!
This book has been used many times since I bought it for my husband. He is studying to be a pastor and this Dictionary is perfect for him to use when studying the Bible. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Katie Lunafish
5.0 out of 5 stars This is Excellent
This is a lot better than a modern so called "Webster's". My other "Webster's" at one point was using a number 9 for the letter e! Read more
Published 2 months ago by RC
3.0 out of 5 stars Not best for the King James Version
I originally bought this Dictionary to help me understand the King James Version Old English Bible. But, by the time I finished the book of Genesis, I realized that the Old English... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sam
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book!
Every family who cares about truth should have this book. Also, the quality of the binding is good, which is important for such a large and heavy book. I highly recommend it.
Published 2 months ago by Humburger
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